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FATIGUED YOUNG BUFFALOES IN DO OR DIE CLASH

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MBABANE – Dog-tired Young Buffaloes had only about 24 hours to prepare for the do or die clash against Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia in the second leg clash of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff match. 

The army side arrived yesterday for the game, which has since been postponed to today and they have a mountain to climb in overturning the first leg 1-2 defeat held at Mavuso Sports Centre a week ago. They will have to win with a two-goal difference.

Despite the travelling issues that the army side faced since Thursday – zigzagging between Oshoek Border Gate and OR Tambo International Airport with gay abandon - they were also forced to leave behind some of their senior players due to the injuries and positive COVID-19 tests. The team is without Coach Sabelo Mnisi and Friday Mncina is set to be in charge of the crucial match.

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Buffaloes will be forced to dig deep in their reserves of courage if they are to produce the results that will see them qualify for the group stages having not been in proper training since last Thursday as they have been travelling to and from OR Tambo, Johannesburg for four days.

They also left behind some of their senior players which include talisman Sandile ‘Saviola Gamedze and young star, Bongwa Matsebula, the scorer of the lone goal in the first leg, which makes today’s clash still worth the trouble. 

On a positive note, Buffaloes will welcome senior players in first choice goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu and striker Phiwa Dlamini, who were not part of the team in the first leg at Mavuso Sports Centre.

In the field of play, they still have to deal with the bulky forceful striker Soulymane Coulibaly, who netted a brace in the first leg match. There is also the troublesome captain in Chikaqui Yassine.

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