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OLA SEVEN! TOURNEY OF UPSETS BACK WITH BANG!

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By Bodwa Mbingo - SWAZI OBSERVER-08-Feb-2010

SOCCER – THE SwaziBank Cup’s latest slogan ‘Ola seven’ was painted all over the Somhlolo Stadium during the tournament’s grand-opening games as Mbabane Highlanders and Manzini Wanderers scored seven goals apiece to spice up the already eventful tournament

In a nearly filled to capacity stadium, the spectators were given what they expected as it rained goals. Disaster nearly happened in front of local fans when a handicapped Highlanders’ supporter danced throughout the match. He was stamping the synthetic track so hard with his legs that you would have been forgiven to thinking that was ready to walk with joy as the DJ of the day dished out her best selection of music.

With goals raining throughout the day, Wanderers opened the day with striker S’dumo Shongwe scoring four of the team’s goals as they routed Shiselweni Super League side Pieterse XI 7-2 to boot them out of the lucrative tournament that carries staggering E500 000 first prize money.

Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hlobsile Ndlovu rightly praised youngster Muzi Dlamini as he scored three of the seven goals that were by his team to beat Hhohho Super League side Supersport 7-nil and send them out of the competition.

The Minister pointed out that football is coming home if the country has youngsters such as Muzi who can score such wondrous goals.

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Many dignitaries including Ndzingeni Inkhundla Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lutfo were part of the many spectators that came and saw how to score goals with the tiring net of the stadium being the most hit target.

The win has elevated Highlanders’ spirit ahead of their visit to Zimbabwe to face that country’s Caps United in an Orange CAF Confederations Cup match over the weekend while it has also given a good start to last year’s finalists Manzini Wanderers. Minister Lutfo tried hard to console his team Supersport after the defeat as the team is from his area.

Already, Wanderers’ Sdumo Shongwe is enjoying the lead on the scorers chart with four goals and is followed by Highlanders’ Muzi and Msizi Lukhele with three goals apiece. With it being a good day to the two finalists of last year’s edition of the tournament, it was not the same case for Mbabane Swallows and Mhlambanyatsi Rovers the previous day as they were booted out by Amagagasi and Manchester United respectively.

The tournament once again lived up to its expectations with the upsets of the weekend. As we speak now, the capital city of Mbabane is characterised of mixed feelings with the black part celebrating while the red part is deep in pain ahead of their Orange CAF tournaments’ engagements.

SwaziBank has done it again and the supporters just love it to bits, Ola 7 and how many more upsets are still to come, watch this space.

SWAZIBANK CUP PRELIMINARY MATCHES IN A NUTSHELL:

n A total of 53 goals scored in all the opening matches played this weekend. n Two big teams, Mbabane Swallows and Mhlambanyatsi Rovers crash out of the tournament after losing to minnows. n Highlanders and Wanderers re-write history books with crushing seven goals apiece in a thrilling grand-opening double header yesterday.

SWAZIBANK CUP FULL RESULTS:

Buffaloes 3, Sea Birds 1 XI Men 4, Hungry Vultures 1 Malanti 4, Russian Bombers 0 Manchester 3, Mhl. Rovers 2 (after penalties) M. Pirates 2, Red Lions 1 Leopards 5, Luhleko 0 Illovo 11, Midas City 10 (after penalties) Magwanyane 5, Grn. Mamba 6 (after penalties) Man. Sundowns 3, Mfishane 1 Amagagasi 2, Mb. Swallows 1 Bush Bucks 4, Tamb. Callies 3 (after penalties) RSSC 8, Hellenic 9 (after sudden death penalties) Umbelebele 4, Gordon Stars 1 Pieterse XI 2, Mnz. Wanderers 7 Supersport 0, Mb. Highlanders 7


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