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MBABANE – Manzini Wanderers head coach Bongani Makhukhula has observed that there are no shortcuts in football.

He was reacting to his side’s performance in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Women Champions League/COSAFA Qualifiers, where the local side crashed out on Monday.  “My brother you cannot expect to perform like teams that have been active, as you know that we were not playing in the country. I am really happy for the girls they outdid themselves,’’ Makhukhula said. The coach went on to say that they had set up a foundation which they would use going forward. “The girls have gained experience which I think will come in handy when our domestic league returns,” he said. Meanwhile, Makhukhula said the team did not feel his absence as he was in constant communication with them. “The technology has made life better as it was like I was there with the team, I was the one who was putting down the first 11 and the coaches would inform me when they want to make some changes. So I cannot say my absence affected the team,” he said.


He was full of praise for Nomvula ‘Nkola’ Sanga, who scored two goals in the tournament. She scored her first goal in the game against Lesotho Defence Force and again in the last game against Mamelodi Sundowns. “She is maturing like wine and you cannot say that she is the oldest player in the team, she runs faster than the young players,’’ he said. The coach further mentioned how Nkola was a very dedicated player who loves the sport and this was the reason she performed well in Durban. ‘Izi girls’ as the team is fondly known, were representing the country in the first ever TotalEnergies CAF Women’s League/COSAFA Cup and were knocked out of the group stages with a point in their bag. They were pitted in the same group with Mamelodi Sundowns ladies team (South Africa), Double Action (Botswana) and Lesotho Defence Force. They lost the first game 3-0 to Double Action, played to a 1-all draw against Lesotho Defence Force and got humiliated 6-1 by Sundowns.

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