By Melusi Mlotsa | 2020-01-14
SOCCER – BUCKLE Up. The game is on!!
The country’s crowd pullers, Manzini Wanderers and Mbabane Highlanders have been handed a tricky draw in the quarter-finals of the SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup.
Hub giants Manzini Wanderers will face unpredictable sugar belt side Tambankulu Callies while capital city giants Mbabane Highlanders have a date with giant slayers Madlenya, who claimed the scalp of a Premier League outfit Malanti Chiefs over the weekend.
The draw took place yesterday morning at SMVAF headquarters in Mbabane was also attendedby the Ingwenyama Cup Management Committee Chairman Johannes ‘Ace’ Siboza, SMVAF management, teams’representatives and supporters, to mention but only a few. The quarterfinals will be played this weekend whilst the semi-finals are scheduled to take place on February 2.
The champions of the prestigious knockout tournament will walk away with E1.4 million.
Other interesting duels of the draw would see defending champions Young Buffaloes face Green Mamba in another forces derby following last weekend’s outing against Royal Leopard.
Interestingly, the Correctional Services side is the only team that beatYoung Buffaloes this season in the league.
Revamped Moneni Pirates will have to overcome Seven Dreams in their quest to reach their first ever semi-final.
Ingwenyama Cup Management Committee Chairman Johannes ‘Ace’ Siboza congratulated the eight teams for reaching the quarter finals.
“We are happy that we have reached this stage and congratulations to you. The semi-finals are scheduled for February 2 and we hope that fans will conduct themselves approximately during the games,” he said.
Meanwhile, the tournament’s Public Relations Officer Nkosilenhle Masuku said this was the climax stage and urged teams’ supporters not to be carried away by the recent results of their respective teams.
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