By Jongile Xuba | 2019-12-06
SOCCER - ESWATINI Under-20 national team got their Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) campaign off to a great start after securing a 2-0 win in their opening Group C match against Mozambique yesterday.
The game was played at Sunset Stadium in Zambia where the Dominic Kunene-led charges got the best of their opponents with two second half goals from Lizwe Zwane and Majaha Ndlovu.
It was double delight for Eswatini as skipper Wenzile Meshack Lushaba also walked away with the Man of Match award
Interviewed after the match, Eswatini coach Kunene said he was proud of his players for winning a tough game.
“Our plan was to protect our goalposts and close down our opponents. We did not give them time on the ball which worked well for us. I am happy we managed to take our chances. The players’ performance and the result are encouraging.”
Kunene said the next match would be even harder and they would have to be at their best.
“We need to make sure we do not get big- headed over this result because our next game will be tougher. Our next opponents lost their match and they will be looking to bounce back. We will continue working hard.”
Meanwhile, Mozambique coach Dario Monteiro said his players were still recovering from the long journey they undertook. He did, however, give credit to his counterparts, saying they managed the game well by taking their chances.
“We also didn’t use any of the chances we created unlike our opponents, who utilised theirs. The players were a bit off pace and looked tired from the journey which also contributed to our loss. Apart from that, our opponents were the better side on the day and we congratulate them,” he said.
The result now puts Eswatini in second place in the group behind Angola, who demolished Seychelles 8-0 in their opening match.
Eswatini face Seychelles on Sunday and will need to continue their fine form if they are to make the knockout stage of the competition.
Mozambique - Teixeira, Mexer, Celton, Tomas, Mapangane, Franque, Michel, Emilio, Zidane, Valdemiro, Benedito.
Eswatini - Sibusiso, Sazi, Wenzile, Mpendulo, Bongiswa, Siphamandla, Bandile, Majahasibili, Bandile, Sinini, Lizwe.
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