One step at a time

One step at a time

The all-important victory in our last 16 match in the re-branded Eswatini Bank Cup should be a fitting gift for our loyal fans, who have been through so much lately. The past few weeks have presented all manner of challenges for our family – from natural disasters to back-to-back misfortune on the field, where anything that could have gone wrong went wrong. Without suggesting that the team has finally turned the corner, I must say that the manner in which the club has handled the poor run of results has been impressive. Instead of coiling back in disappointment, we have continued to take each game as a new adventure – one game at a time – doing our best to get positive results. People must remember that the team that won back-to-back competitions in recent years has very much had
to do without at least six regular players whose experience could not be replaced. Some of these moved to play outside the country, while we had many on casualty list. We need to be fair on ourselves, and appreciate that rebuilding a team which, for over a year, was without one of its star strikers, Sabelo Ndzinisa, cannot be done overnight. What’s worse is that for many months we have also had to make do with the absence of such key players as Mandla Palma, who was out with a long term injury. In truth, our team was unsettled in all departments, and credit must go to all its loyal players and administration for working so hard, ensuring that we remained within contention for major trophies under very hostile circumstances. It is so encouraging to see our fans continue to come in their numbers even as we seemed to be struggling to get back to our very best. We cannot underestimate the
important role played by fans. In fact credit should not only go to our own fans, but the fans of other teams as
well, especially the so-called small teams, as they have made things very difficult for us, particularly in the recent and ongoing cup competitions. I believe the worst is now behind us, and from what I have seen of the
team, we are strong enough to continue challenging for major titles. I have to say that I was very happy to
see Sikhali do what he became much renowned for – scoring goals. The goal he scored in the Eswatini Bank match against Tambuti F.C should be enough to get him to re-discover his form. Not many have been so lucky as to recover from a career-threatening injury such as he suffered, and bounce back in the manner he did. I look forward to him helping the team re-discover its shine. It really felt like the good old days when both Wonder and myself also scored in the past match, and I can assure the fans and supporters that there is more where that came from. We are hopeful that they will continue to be loyal to the team by supporting us in the manner they have always done.

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