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MBABANE – MTN Premier League log leaders Royal Leopard skipper Muzi ‘Mzoro’ Dlamini is confident of victory over rivals Young Buffaloes in Sunday’s decider.

The former national team Sihlangu and Mbabane Highlanders striker said they had been preparing for the security forces derby since last week without the players that are in the national team due to the magnitude and importance of the game. “We are ready for Buffaloes as we need the maximum points; losing is not an option for us as we need to go back to Africa,” Dlamini said. He said they would go all out for a win against their counterparts and win the MTN Premier League, which has a ticket to the CAF Champions League. “We want to go back to Africa to remove the tag of whipping boys,” he said.

He said all the players were eager to be part of the derby and was happy that none of them were carrying injuries. “This is not the time for crybabies. We need every Royal Leopard player as you know that this is a derby which has a lot at stake,” he said. He further said only God knew the final score, but what  he could promise their supporters was that ‘Ingwe Mabalabala’ would beat ‘Amathole’zinyathi’ on Sunday at KaLanga Technical Centre. Meanwhile, Young Buffaloes captain Nhlanhla Gwebu said it would not be a stroll in the park for Royal Leopard against them this time around. “It won’t be easy for Leopard after they hammered us in the first round. We are going all out for a win on Sunday,” Gwebu said.


He said preparations were going well as every player was looking forward to the game. “I think you have noticed that we came hard on every team that beat us in the first round. Come Sunday, you will witness a different Young Buffaloes,” the former Sihlangu number one goalkeeper said. The security forces derby will be played on Sunday at KaLanga Technical Centre at the same time as the Mbabane derby between Mbabane Highlanders and Mbabane Swallows to be played at the Mavuso Sports Centre. Kick-off time is 3pm. Leopard are two points clear at the top heading to the decider and they are forced to look over their shoulders by Highlanders. A draw will be enough for Leopard to defend their title.

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