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TAMBANKULU – Bongwa ‘Owa’ Matsebula’s hat-trick was enough to earn Young Buffaloes the league’s second spot, at Tambankulu Stadium yesterday.

The army side hammered relegated Tambankulu Callies 4-0 to complete the league’s unbeaten run, but it was not enough to earn them their third title after log leaders Green Mamba beat Royal Leopard 2-1 in a simultaneous fixture yesterday.


The army side finished second, three points adrift of champions. They are guaranteed of a E500 000 runners-up prize and might be the country’s envoys of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The runners-up completely dominated in the first half, with three unanswered goals. Buffaloes fans had to wait about 25 minutes to start celebrating. Buffaloes had their noses in front through Fanelo ‘Order’ Mamba who is known for pint-point long throw balls. He picked Owa inside the box for a low header to draw first blood  in the 23rd  minute. He completed his brace three minutes before the first hour mark with low volley, stabbing in Order’s cross. He completed his brace 10 minutes before half time to walk away with the ball incentive as a hat-trick hero.

The game went for breather  with  Buffaloes leading comfortably. Callies were unlucky to have conceded only the four. They won most of the boys in the midfield but sent some few harmless missiles towards Buffaloes showstopper Mlungisi Nxumalo. It was a the stoppage time that Buffaloes veteran striker Phiwayinkhosi  ‘Slwabelwabe’  pounced to  make it four. He scored from close range after Owa’s exciting work inside the box. At the end of regulation time, Callies got relegated with 15 points alongside Seven Dreams.

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