Thursday 2019-02-21




By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-03-13

SOCCER - THREE Young Buffaloes players were yesterday slapped with a combined total of three years imprisonment for common assault.

The three players; captain Nkosingiphile ‘Nyandoro’ Tsabedze, goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu and striker Phiwayinkhosi Dlamini were handed the sentence at the Mbabane Magistrate’s Court by Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati, with each player sentenced to one year in prison.

However, that sentence came with an option of a E1 000 fine for each player.  The three were found guilty of having wrongfully, unlawfully, and intentionally assaulted one Bongani Dlamini with fists on April 9 last year at Somhlolo National Stadium.

All three pleaded guilty to the charge brought before them.

It could not be ascertained whether the three were able to pay the fine by the time of going to press yesterday.


When reached for comment yesterday evening, Buffaloes CEO Sandile Gwebu said he could not comment on the matter.

“I only comment on issues pertaining to the club, not individuals. You can call them for comment, not me,” Gwebu said.

The three appeared at the Magistrates’s court less than two days after they helped their side to a win over Tambankulu Callies in the SwaziBank Cup on Saturday. Buffaloes beat Callies 7-5 on penalties after a 2-all stalemate in 90 minutes.

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