By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-02-14
SOCCER - HHOHHO Super League side Hawane Shooting Stars and National First Division ensemble Rangers have made it through to the EswatiniBank Cup main tournament after winning their matches played at Somhlolo National Stadium last night.
Hawane will now face Mbabane Highlanders in the Idlala Kamnandzi Cup’s last 32 games to be played at the Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.
This follows their 4-1 victory over fellow minnows Mvuma Hotspurs in penalty shootouts after the match ended at 0-0 in the regulation time.
Shooting Stars netted their four penalty kicks and further produced the hero of the night in goalkeeper Simphiwe Dlamini, who saved two penalties to help his side book a place in the prestigious knockout competition.
The two teams could not be separated within regulation time, forcing the contest to be decided after the lottery shootouts.
In the second match played at the same venue, Rangers secured a slot in the last 32 and further set up a date with Manzini Sea Birds on Sunday at the King Sobhuza II Stadium after beating Young Movers 2-1.
Rangers scored their goals in each half via the boots of Siphamandla Mabuza and Siphosenkhosi Zwane, while Linda Mdluli scored the consolation goal for Movers in the second half.
The play-offs matches were watched by Eswatini Football Association President Adam 'Bomber' Mthethwa, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Young Affairs Under Secretary Nhlanhla Motsa and a sizeable crowd of over 200 supporters.
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