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LOBAMBA – He knows how negative Wednesday night’s 1-all draw was to their MTN Premier League title chances.

That is Royal Leopard’s mentor Edwin Matsebula whose Royal Leopard gave up their two-point lead when they played to a draw with Matsapha United who also needed a point to be assured of their elite status next season. The match was at Somhlolo National Stadium. They are now second and level on 55 points with leaders Green Mamba, with one game to spare.

It is all finishing this Sunday and the new champions, taking over from Mbabane Swallows, will be crowned.
“We lost it ourselves. We couldn’t defend and allowed them to score. We had a good first half but second half, we came back a bit not okay. We have to lift our heads now. There’s nothing much we can do but Highlanders have to win against Green Mamba,” Matsebula said in his post-match interview and with disappointment written all over his face.


Leopard had gone to the break in front via striker Richard Edoa-Nga, who nodded home in the 34th minute before Matsapha United equalised six minutes from time through talented midfielder Emmanuel Nsiah.

The result dislodged them from the summit to second on goal difference but level with leaders Green Mamba on 55 points with one game to spare this weekend.

Leopard were two points ahead before this result but Green Mamba managed to lick Tambuti 1-0 to level the points and take the summit. Green Mamba finish the season against Mbabane Highlanders, who beat them 2-1 in first round while Leopard have Young Buffaloes to worry about. Meanwhile, Matsebula’s counterpart, Rodwell Dhlakama, who was back to rescue his team from relegation, was euphoric about the draw.

“It’s a great result for us. We had a good game and good first half where we should have scored one or two goals and the second half was amazing for us as we came back intent on not losing this match and were more resilient to get the point we sought to be safe from relegation, which was I came for here,” he said.
He said they would now be focussing on preparing for next season as the team needed to get the players it needed to boost the squad so they can pick points early than later.

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