By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-04-16
SOCCER- MBABANE Highlanders coach Mlungisi ‘Professor’ Ngubane was gracious in defeat after his side’s 0-2 loss to Manzini Wanderers in the SwaziBank Cup semifinal yesterday.
Goals on either side of halftime from forwards Mike Dombo and Kola Aledeon gave Wanderers victory over their rivals at a packed Somhlolo National Stadium.
Wanderers will now play Young Buffaloes in final slated for April 29.
Addressing the media after his side’s below par performance, Highlanders coach Ngubane said his side failed to come to party.
“They were better than us. They played better than us. They wanted it more than us. My players didn’t perform. I don’t know if maybe the stage was too big for them but these guys, (Wanderers) played well.
The most important thing is the performance and ours was not up to standard. At the end of the day what is important is the performance and today they (Wanderers) wanted it more than us,” Ngubane said.
Meanwhile, Wanderers assistant coach Velekhaya Mthethwa, standing in for coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe, said the players had stuck to the game plan.
“Our players played really well. They stuck to what we had set out to do.
We wanted to beat them through our quick transitions and we were able to do that.
Highlanders played their normal game. They are now a ball playing team so we gave them the opportunity to come at us and we knew that once they did that they would leave spaces behind them for us to exploit,” Mthethwa said.
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