A TRAGIC FEW WEEKS FOR US

A TRAGIC FEW WEEKS FOR US

First and most importantly, I must express my deepest hurt following events of the past few weeks. Some two weeks ago, a man identified as a Mbabane Swallows supporter lost his life when he was struck by lightning shortly after
watching the team play at Somhlolo Stadium. This is a major loss not only to our fan’s family but to us as a
team that commands such following and sentiment we are now a family. Such loss of life was tragic indeed, especially as it was caused by a force of nature, about which one can do very little. We would like to comfort
our supporter’s family, and let them know that we remain indebted to him even in death as we know that he was
one of many who supported the red and white. It is fans like him that are fondly referred to as the 12th man,
and too often, the influence of the 12th man is underestimated. It is fans like our recently deceased supporter
who have made this great team what it is today. We have proven over and over again that we remain resilient, no matter the circumstances. Such strength of character is instilled in us by our supporters. Every time we go
out on to the field of play, we know that they are our biggest judges and supporters at the same time. They
are like the teacher who motivates the student to do well. We know that they expect no less than a win each time we go out there. Unlike players, supporters are winners all the time. That’s their genetic makeup. Because we know they expect no less than victory, we always go out prepared to die with our boots on. It is because of fans such as the man we lost that even if we lose a game, we always bounce back to winning ways the very next game. We know that
we cannot disappoint the people who sing, shout and encourage us even when we lose. It hurts me to see the people who sacrifice all – including their happiness, for us to win, suffer any form of tragedy, even if it is a mere loss for their team. Only last weekend, a few of our fans who were returning from supporting the team in Nhlangano had a freak accident on their way home. We wish these supporters a speedy recovery, and we were indeed relieved that they
survived the accident with minor injuries. Finally, I would like to encourage all teams in the Premier League to keep up the good work. Too often when we say ‘there is no longer a small team’, we intend to be diplomatic; but this is now fact. Is it not interesting that all matches that were played on the weekend were decided by exactly one goal? – a very, very slim margin indeed. Similarly, in all these games there was a winner. I want to congratulate all the teams that won their games; you are indeed giving your supporters value for money, and a good reason to come and support you. As for the teams that lost, you guys have showed that you are competitive,
as every game was decided by just one goal. All you have to do to keep your fans believing is to bounce right
back in your very next game. Just remember, fans are our customers. Winning is good customer care; but when we lose and make up for it by winning our next game, they forget the previous loss. Big ups to coaches as well! It is evident that they are doing a good job, all round. Till we talk again – PEACE.

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