No controversy in front of goal for Sabelo Ndzinisa


He may have entangled himself into transfer trouble costing Mbombela United a national first division slot and probably existence, earning himself a two-year ban from South African football, but put Sabelo Sikhali Ndzinisa in front of goal he breeds no controversy at all.

Bouncing back to the MTN Premier League of Eswatini, thanks to the geographically limiting sanction only effective in the SAFA-run Leagues, crossing the fierce Rubicon to Mbabane Highlanders shunning his former side Mbabane Swallows, Ndzinisa has lived up to his scoring bill finding the back of the net seven times in the first 10 rounds of matches.

Nicknamed Sikhali, loosely translated as weapon, Ndzinisa netted his seventh goal in an all important and relief bringing 2-0 win over defending champions and current log leaders Young Buffaloes in a match played at King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium in Nhlangano, south of Eswatini.

The victory crucially brought Young Buffaloes’ 25 league match unbeaten run to a screeching halt, but most importantly, ended Mbabane Highlanders’ five-match drawing streak which was now fast turning into a nightmare, worrying the club leadership and posing many questions than answers on the ability of coach Dumsane Makhanya.

Young Buffaloes are now two points clear on 22 points from nine games while Royal Leopards eased into second with a 4-2 win over Piggs Peak Black Swallows.

Elsewhere, veteran Wonder Nhleko, Enzo Motsa and Simanga Shongwe were on target as former champions Mbabane Swallows bounced back to winning ways with a 3-0 win Tambuti FC at Mayaluka Stadium in Big Bend while Manzini Wanderers and Green Mamba played out goalless draw.

The sea robbers of Eswatini, Moneni Pirates robbed points off Manzini Sea Birds 3-2. Xolani Chocco Sibandze put the birds ahead in the 6th minute before Muzi Tsabedze doubled the scores three minutes later.

However, Pirates had enough for the bill replying through Bhekani Mthembu, Menzi Simelane and Bongi Malinga.

Milling Hotspurs, pictured below, milled Malanti Chiefs into palp 3-1 thanks to goals from Siboniso Magagula, Sikhumbuzo Ndwandwe and Sanele Dlamini with Sifiso Makhubu earning the consolation while former South Africa U20 coach Solomon Luvhengo got off to a winning debut as his lads Denver Sundowns narrowly beat Tinyosi FC courtesy of a Siyabonga Ginindza goal.

Former Zimbabwe Warriors assistant coach Saul Chaminuka, who has had stints with Mbabane Highlanders and now defunct Matsapha United marked a winning return to Eswatini football guiding Mhlume Peacemakers to a 3-0 win over the Tarisai Changara coached neighbours Tambankulu Callies in a ‘Zimbabwe Coaches Derby’.

Weekend Fixtures:

Black Swallows FC vs Milling Hotspurs FC [15:00]

Mbabane Swallows FC vs Malanti Chiefs [1230]

Manzini Sea Birds FC vs Manzini Wanderers FC [15:30]

Mhlume Peacemakers FC vs Royal Leopards FC [13:00]

Green Mamba FC vs Mbabane Highlanders FC [15:30]

Denver Sundowns FC vs Tambankulu Callies FC [13:00]

Young Buffaloes FC vs Tambuti FC [15:30]


Tinyosi FC vs Moneni Pirates FC [15:00]

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By Noel Munzabwa

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