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MBABANE – They are ‘in a league of their own’.

That is the story of log leaders Young Buffaloes who have stretched their unbeaten run to 30 straight league matches. In a 16-team league like South Africa’s DStv Premiership, Buffaloes’ record is equivalent to playing a whole season without defeat. After this past Saturday’s goalless draw with Mbabane Highlanders, Buffaloes remained unbeaten in 346 days, which is almost a full calendar year. A normal year has 365 days.


The last time the 2009/10 and 2019/20 MTN Premier League champions suffered defeat was back in February 10, 2022. It was a 1-3 loss to Royal Leopard at KaLanga Technical Centre in Siteki during the first round (week 12) of last season, which was played over 30 games. Lungelo Tsabedze’s brace alongside a strike from Junior Magagula steered the police ensemble past the rigid army side. Marksman Sandile ‘Saviola’ Gamedze scored Buffaloes’ consolation goal. In the absence of knockout tournaments, Buffaloes have only played league matches during the period under review. The only knockout tournament in the past year was the inaugural MoMo Cup, which was won by Nsingizini Hotspurs. Buffaloes did not qualify for the MoMo Cup after failure to collect enough votes.


Following their impressive run, Buffaloes are now on course to challenge the record set by Mbabane Swallows. Swallows went two seasons unbeaten in the Premier League in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. Their unbeaten streak started on May 15, 2016 and ended on September 30, 2018. They went 51 games unbeaten, including some games in the third season. Coach Mandla ‘Stofu’ Dlamini could not be immediately drawn for comment on the impressive run. His phone rang unanswered and he was yet to respond to a WhatsApp text sent to him at the time of compiling this report late yesterday.

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