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‘BIRDS’ ARE SIMPLY THE BEST

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MBABANE – They are simply the best. Mbabane Swallows hold the record of being the most successful team in local football history in the past 18 years. According to official Eswatini Football Association (EFA) records showing the trophy laden teams’ table since 2002, the red and white glamour giants are perched at the top with a gross collection of 23 trophies within this period.


It is interesting to note that they are miles apart from the rest of the teams including the three security forces sides in Royal Leopard, Green Mamba and Young Buffaloes.


A total of six local Premier League tournaments were used to compile this table by the country’s football mother body. For the main tournament, which is the MTN Premier League, the ‘Birds’, as Swallows are fondly known in football circles, have won it six times. They also won the Ingwenyama Cup and EswatiniBank Cup three times respectively and enjoyed a lot of success in the Eswatini Charity Cup, which they won four times.


Supreme


The table actually shows that the capital city giants have won all tournaments on offer in the Premier League as they also reigned supreme in the now defunct Castle Premier Challenge and Trade Fair Cup, which they both won three times. Leopard are second behind Swallows with a total collection of 15 trophies.


The police force giants have, however, won six Premier League titles, the same number as Swallows. Leopard also did well in the Charity Cup, which they won four times, just like Swallows. Once again, just like Swallows, they won the EswatiniBank Cup three times in this period, easily making them the closest challengers for Swallows.


Highlanders are placed in fourth position in terms of trophy success as they have won six tournaments in total, mostly dominated by the charity cup (four times) and EswatiniBank Cup which they won twice. Despite only last winning a tournament in 2005, Manzini Wanderers make the top six as they managed to win four trophies in this period.


They enjoyed most success in the charity cup, which they lifted three times. Denver Sundowns are above city rivals Moneni Pirates as they won three trophies, one better than the Moneni giants.

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