INGWENYAMA CUP MORE COMPETITIVE

INGWENYAMA CUP MORE COMPETITIVE

Many will agree with me that the fourth edition of the Ingwenyama Cup has proven less predictable than all three
other editions before it. While there have been few upsets, these were of much greater significance as teams that stood a chance to win the tournament exited early. We should not read anything sinister into these developments. All cup competitions are the same everywhere you go in the world. You would have noticed that usually the teams
that win the league would be teams that are professionally run and have better resources than most. Running a football team tends to be very expensive in the long run, and to win any tournament that lasts anything beyond
five games, you must have the resources for it. Big teams tend to focus less resources on cup competitions than they do on the league for obvious reasons. The league is more prestigious, even though most cup competitions tend to be very lucrative. This attitude gives smaller teams a chance to steal the tournament, though so far no small team has won any major trophy. The major driving factor for small teams is the desire to make quick money while spending less resources. It makes business sense for most teams. These are the major dynamics of cup competitions.
It is what makes all cup competitions what they are – interesting and full of upsets. This year’s Ingwenyama Cup is no different, with big teams winning vital games by much smaller margins than fans would ever expect. It is what makes football the unique sport that it is, keeping the fans on the edge as so-called big teams sweat it out against smaller teams. Monday mornings are the most interesting as newspaper headlines scream ‘major upset’ left, right and centre. To see so-called smaller teams progressing to the knock-out stages, even beyond the last 16, is good for Eswatini football. As such teams progress all the way, the return is not just monetary, but previously
unknown players get much-needed exposure. One can look forward with anticipation to next season’s signings as new players make it in to the big league. As a player who has been around for a long time, I am so happy to see
young players do well for themselves. Finally, may I congratulate all seven teams who have already made it to the quarter final stage of the Ingwenyama Cup. For those who have already exited, chin up; the tournament would not be
possible without you guys.

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