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After a promising start to the season, in which they played seven games without defeat, Vovovo FC has lost two games in a row.

Their first taste of defeat came against a side that they really abhor losing to – Manzini Wanderers, for obvious reasons. The 2-3 loss to the ‘Weslians’ at the Prince of Wales Sports ground on December 28 must have felt like a stab in the heart, in particular to former director at Wanderers, Mehluli Nhlengetfwa. Sunday’s 0-1 loss to Young Buffaloes  at KaLanga Technical Centre did not only feel like a bagful of salt had been injected to the gashing wound but it left the premier league returnees lying on the 10th position on the log standings.

All this has happened immediately after the sad demise of the club founder Sipho ‘Tsetla’ Bhembe, who passed away on December 16 and was laid to rest on Tuesday, December 21 at his parental home at Ngculwini. The Motshane-based outfit is seemingly going through the motions currently and this afternoon face a Green Mamba side, who are on their own revival mission after a poor run of form. Before last Saturday’s 1-0 win over second-from-bottom Tambuti FC courtesy of Linda Nkambule’s 42nd minute strike, Green Mamba had lost three games in a row to Mbabane Highlanders (2-4), Royal Leopard (1-3) and Moneni Pirates (1-2) respectively. Coach Dumsani ‘DU’ Makhanya, who took over from Caleb Ngwenya, is desperately trying to find a winning combination with the players at his disposal and the inconsistence is worrisome.


Today’s clash against Vovovo has underlying factors aplenty. Vovovo FC head coach Caleb Ngwenya will be facing his former employers and given his unceremonious exit from the ‘Correctional Services’ side, nothing would please him more than inflicting their fourth defeat and leapfrog them to as high as position six on the log standings. Makhanya, on the other hand, will be presented with the platform to convince the powers-that-be at Green Mamba that he is the man for the job by beating the man he replaced. Then of course, there is a smallernyana matter of any team that wins today’s clash rising up to the sixth position on the log standings. It is enough incentive to afford the fans who will cascade to the venue to be treated to an enthralling clash.

Mxolisi ‘Xavi’ Mkhontfo, who has been one of the consistent performers in an underwhelming Green Mamba side will lead the attacking forays against a team coached by the man who has been involved in his football career path since childhood. Former Mbabane Highlanders striker Sibusiso Tfwala, already with four goals under his belt, will be hoping to add to his goal tally and help the Motshane-based outfit end the losing streak. Wounded Vovovo FC against a poisonous Green Mamba? Hmmm ... an exciting clash which is the pending game from ‘Week 7 ’– which was postponed after the demise of Vovovo FC director ‘Tsetla’ Bhembe - is on the cards.

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