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WE NEEDED THE POINTS - MANYATSI

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MBABANE – They still have the second spot to play for in the last four matches.

Before the midweek MTN Premier League fixtures, Mbabane Swallows were mathematically still in the title race. However, that has all changed after leaders Royal Leopard beat Manzini Wanderers 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon. They are 13 points behind the leaders when there are 12 more points at stake while the second spot is still open as Young Buffaloes are seven points ahead of them and six behind Leopard. Swallows played Moneni Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in Nhlangano inside the King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium.

Positive

Reacting after the match, Swallows assistant coach Musa Manyatsi was positive it was a good result and one they needed after winning 2-1 to complete a league double over their struggling rivals. “We played well in the first half but we were almost punished in the second half. However, what matters the most is that we annexed the maximum points. Sometimes it does not matter how you win as long as you grind the results, it is okay,” said Manyatsi. Commenting on the absence of head coach Christopher Ennin in the technical bench, Manyatsi said they were a team and worked as a team. “When the others are out due to suspension or other unforeseen circumstances we must continue to fight for better results,” he said. His counterpart and former Swallows coach and recently appointed technical director, Zenzele ‘Ace’ Dlamini praised his team for a gallant performance.

Referee’s

“What can I say here? I mean my boys played well and at some point they almost stole the game. Sometimes there is nothing you can do when the referee’s decisions are not on your side,” Dlamini said. Nonetheless, he said he was gracious in defeat and proud of his players’ performance on the day while also singing praise to his substitutes who he said changed the complexion of the game but it just was not their day to get anything. Scoring for Swallows was the duo of Sandile Hlatjwako and Baba Seidou Blandja while Malibongwe Malinga scored the solitary goal for Pirates. Swallows and Pirates next play Tambankulu Callies and Manzini Sea Birds respectively.

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