By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-03-14
SOCCER- MBABANE Swallows General Manager Sandile ‘Beyond 2000’ Zwane says the pain of the defeat to Green Mamba on Sunday was ‘unbearable.’
Swallows’ 27 match unbeaten run in all competitions domestically this season was put to a grinding halt by Green Mamba, who beat the ‘Birds’ 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the SwaziBank Cup at Somhlolo National Stadium.
Swallows players, technical staff and management have made it a habit to sing and dance with their supporters after every match ever since the tragic death of club boss Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze in January. However, there was none of that on Sunday as the players quickly disappeared into the dressing rooms at the sound of the final whistle even though the supporters remained behind and sang loudly for the team.
Speaking to this publication, team Manager Sandile Zwane apologised for not joining the supporters in song after the match.
“What our supporters did on Sunday was out of this world. It shows our football is headed towards professionalism because they quickly accepted the result and moved on to encouraging the players. We are thankful to the supporters and we are sorry we couldn’t sing with them. Sometimes the pain is unbearable. Losing hurts, especially when you haven’t tasted defeat in a long time. We hope they understood. We will sing with them going forward as it has been the case in recent games,” Zwane said.
The Swallows GM added that the supporters were the club’s biggest assets.
“When we came back from Zambia, the supporters came to our training ground and brought fruits for the players. That was so moving. The supporters are the major stakeholders in our club and we appreciate what they are doing,” Zwane said.
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