By Melusi Mlotsa | 2021-04-07
CAPITAL city giants Mbabane Highlanders jumped to second spot of the MTN Premier League after beating Milling Hotspurs by a solitary goal yesterday at the Mavuso Sports Centre. The black and white ensemble returned to their haunting venue where they were recently held to a 2-all draw by Tinyosi on Friday to grind a slender victory against the struggling Fairview-based side. Highlanders’ second victory of the season was spearheaded by Sihlangu striker Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa’s penalty in the second half, helping the crowd pulling side to amass eight points in four matches. The visitors were threatening in the opening stages of the match as they enjoyed a lion’s share of the ball possession. The ‘Black Bull ‘attacking midfielder Banele ‘Stiga' Ndzabandzaba saw his effort hitting the side net in 19 minutes with Mlungisi Mamba well beaten between the Milling goalposts. Ndzabandzaba wasted another chance in the 34 minutes after Johnson Menshah delivered a quality cross. The home side coach, Xolani Sigudla, introduced Mhlonishwa Ndlovukazi for Fanose Ncongwane before half time that ended in a stalemate. Highlanders coach Dumisani 'DU' Makhanya introduced Kenneth Moloto and Sabelo' Skhali' Ndzinisa in the last stanza, replacing Siwakhile Shongwe and Banele Ndzabandzaba respectively. The visitors eventually took the lead after the hour mark through the ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa penalty after Siphosethu ‘Mjovo’ Mlotsa was brought down in the box. Highlanders nearly doubled the lead towards the end of the match when South African import Kenneth Moloto’s penalty kick was saved by Milling goalkeeper Mlungisi Mamba. Highlanders hearts skipped a bit in the dying minutes of the encounter when the home side hit the woodwork. Teams Milling Mlungisi, Sanele, Lungelo, Mthokozisi, Ncamiso, Fanose, Bongani, Thabang, Bandile, Sikhumbuzo,Lwazi. Highlanders Khanyakwezwe, Vusimuzi, Vukile, Ndumiso, Siphamandla, Xolani, Siphosethu, Banele, Johnson, Sibonginkhosi, Siwakhile.
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