LEOPARDS OR BUFFALOES: WHO WILL CRASH OUT EARLY?
Ingwenyama Cup Chairman Prince Hlangabeza making his remarks

LEOPARDS OR BUFFALOES: WHO WILL CRASH OUT EARLY?

Royal Leopards and Young Buffaloes will not make it to the semi-finals of the Ingwenyama Cup at the same time. No matter how hard they try, one of the two will bite the dust this weekend following the Ingwenyama Cup’s quarter final draw held at the Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund offices on Monday, which pitted the armed forces’ teams against each other. The two have been among the country’s strongest football clubs in recent years, sharing major league and cup trophies between themselves and Mbabane Swallows. Before the end of the day on Saturday, the footballing community will know who of the two teams will have made it to the semi-finals. The match, fancied as the final before the final, will start at 4pm. Meanwhile, Mbabane Swallows drew Manzini Sundowns in a tricky
fixture where, despite being favourites, Swallows will not have an easy day in the office. This will be the
second time the two teams meet in a week, following Swallows slim 2-1 victory last weekend in the MTN League. Mbabane Highlanders are expected to easily brush aside Matsapha United in Sunday’s early fixture; while Saturday’s earlier fixture will pit Malanti Chiefs against surprise package Tinyosi F.C. Speaking during the draw, Ingwenyama
Cup Chairman Prince Hlangabeza strongly encouraged fair play, emphasizing that it was one of the tournament’s core values. The Ingwenyama Cup has been targeting international standards, and fair play happens to be reiterated by FIFA in its 10 golden rules. On the other hand, the chairman warned sternly on the consequences of misbehavior
and violence during the games, promising heavy punishment on culprits. “The game must be treated with utmost respect. The Ingwenyama Cup will be highly guarded against prospective perpetrators who will exhibit disrespect and violence,” the Prince said. He further mentioned that the Ingwenyama Cup organizers would be readying other forms of punishment over and above regular ‘bad behavior’ fines. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that fans would be treated to mid-week action with regional semi-finals scheduled for Thursday evening. The night will kick off with an unpredictable wrestle between Masundvwini Royal and Swazi Sun at 6 p.m. It remains a mystery who will walk out of the rubble in the aftermath, as Young Movers comes face-to-face with Ubombo Flyers. The second game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday. Also worth noting is that all games are set to be played at Somhlolo National Stadium and access to these prestigious series would be granted at just E40. This also presents a winding-down opportunity that
will be celebrated with family and friends in song, dance and amazing football. As fans travel to the games and others to school next Tuesday, the SMVA Fund emphasized the importance of following road rules and signs to stay safe.

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