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MBABANE – Back-to-back champions and holders Young Buffaloes begin their title defence at unpredictable National First Division side Tinyosi.

The security forces ensemble have won the three past editions and eye another record by winning the Idlala Kamnandzi edition, which kicks off tonight.
On paper this should be a walk in the park for Buffaloes but it could be a different story inside the field of play against a side challenging for promotion to the Premier League.

It is also a beginning of a new era for Buffaloes, as head coach Dominic Kunene leaves to join Sihlangu. Assistant Sabelo Mnisi steps into Kunene’s big shoes and begins his bid to become the broom that sweeps the cleanest tonight.
Marksman Sandile ‘Saviola’ Gamedze, who was nursing an injury, is expected back to spearhead the attack alongside the likes of Ali Matse and Fanelo ‘Order’ Mamba.


All the pressure is on the opponents, so Tinyosi will want to use that to their advantage.
They have struggled to go past this round in previous attempts, losing 0-3 to Tambankulu Callies last year. Under seasoned gaffer Sifiso ‘Nuro’ Ntibane, they will start this edition with renewed vigour following their resurgence in the league.

Buffaloes may have a galaxy of stars at their disposal, but they will tread carefully in what can be dubbed a tournament of upsets.

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