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MBABANE – First security forces derby done and dusted for title-chasing Young Buffaloes.

They annexed all three points yesterday against Correctional Services side Green Mamba to keep their chase on in the league title race. Interestingly, they face off with the leaders who are six points ahead of them this Saturday. Handing them their all-important win yesterday was midfielder Kwakhe Thwala and forward Sandile ‘Saviola’ Gamedze, who scored in the first half. Thwala was on target just before the 20th minute with a brilliantly struck and curled freekick that landed at the top left corner of the net. It was too much for goalkeeper Sidumo Vilakati, who knew very little about it. However, it appeared as a debatable goal which needed the match officials to agree it had crossed the goal line after  the ball came off the corner of the crossbar.


However, the goal stood, which gave Buffaloes the strength over their rivals as they attacked in search of another goal. It was no surprise when they were ahead just before the break after Saviola scored from the spot-kick following a vicious tackle from behind by defender Thabo Mngomezulu in a desperate bid to stop forward Bongiswa Mtsetfwa as he had got loose to face the goalkeeper. Gamedze made no mistake and his team went into the break with a 2-0 lead. However, Green Mamba did find a consolation goal late in the match. Former Mbabane Swallows speedy striker Musa Dlamini netted for them. He beat Nhlanhla Gwebu with a clever finish between the Buffaloes sticks. Buffaloes’ win means they still have it all to play for even though leaders Leopard seem not ready to drop any points and it will be up to the army side to reduce the six-point lead to set up a photo-finish to the title race.

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