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(At Somhlolo National Stadium)

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LOBAMBA – Manzini Sundowns could not make a top eight finish at the end of the 2018/19 MTN Premier League season.

This is after they were held to a goalless draw by already relegated Vovovo yesterday during their final fixture of the league this season.
Failure to find the back of the net for the hub giants means they finished the season underneath the top eight with 27 points.

The Ernest Mavuso-led outfit came to this fixture a less hungry side, not showing serious intent to finish on top eight and the opposition, on the other hand, looked a bit more willing to get a positive result besides the fact that it would have meant nothing as they join Mbabane Citizens to the secondtier division.

scoring chances

The game started on a low note, with both sides not creating clear-cut scoring chances and neither side could find the target or at least force the goalkeeper on either side make a serious save.

Sibusiso Mkhonta started making good runs and passes to enable Sundowns play towards the end of the first stanza as they searched for a goal before the breather.

Bhekani Mthembu’s powerful header was saved by the ever alert Sundowns’ shot-stopper, Lwethu Simelane, to deny forward a goal before recess.
The game became physical as players got frustrated and referee Celumusa Siphepho had to issue a number of yellow cards.

red card
The referee had no option but to give Sundowns’ defender Mkhuleko Magagula a red card for a second bookable offence in the second half.
Industrious Sibonginkhosi Dlamini came in for injured captain Phumlani Dlamini and the player’s long-range efforts posed danger to the opposition but Vovovo were able to close him down and not give him proper shooting space.
Leon Manyisa, who came late for Vovovo, started initiating attacks that were dangerous to Sundowns and was unlucky to see his effort inches wide from the target six minutes from time.
Goalkeeper Lwethu also pulled another great save for Sundowns as Menzi Shabangu tried to snatch a late winner for the Motshane based ensemble but at the end of regulation time, both teams had to settle for a goalless draw.

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