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By Sibusiso Dlamini | 2018-03-09

SOCCER – MBABANE Swallows youngster Richard McCreesh, who scored the team’s winning goal in the historic 2–1 CAF Champions League victory against Zanaco from Zambia, has described the moment as surreal.

The starlet made this remarks when interviewed upon arrival in the country from Zambia yesterday.

McCreesh scored with only four minutes left before the end of the match, giving the Birds an edge going into the second leg to be played at Somhlolo National Stadium on March 17.

“The moment was dreamlike; I can’t even find the perfect words to explain it. I am still trying to let the moment sink in,” he said, while excited fans ran to greet and hug him.

McCreesh said the team had a meeting after the Moneni Pirates match (0-0) where they spoke about the obstacles they were facing and how they could find amicable solutions, stating that they simply executed that at Nkoloma Stadium.


“As a team, we have been together for quite a long time, so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. After the disappointing draw against Pirates, we had a talk and everyone worked on what was discussed.

“The win was a result of team work and spirit. The team was in high spirits and we were all working towards one common goal – to achieve a win and I am happy we won.”

When quizzed on his introduction to the senior team, McCreesh thanked the technical team for their patience with him, stating that he was ‘slowly but surely getting there.’

“It’s great to finally make an impact in the senior team. Yes, there have been challenges here and there, but I have to thank my teammates and the technical team for their support and patience. This tells me that I should work hard going forward.”


Meanwhile, his senior teammate, veteran winger Wonder ‘Samba Jive’ Nhleko pleaded for support from the whole nation, adding that united, the Swazi football fraternity could attain a level of greatness never seen before.

“We just would like to plead for support from Swazis. We want and are working towards making them happy, but let them rally behind us. Together with the Swazi football fraternity we can work towards greatness, ” he said.

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