By Qondile Ntiwane | 2018-05-17
SOCCER - SWAZIBANK Managing Director Zakhele Lukhele has described the Swazi Bank Cup final pitting Young Buffaloes against Manzini Wanderers as arguably the best in recent years.
Making his remarks during the prize presentation held at the bank’s auditorium yesterday, Lukhele congratulated Buffaloes for sweeping the boards after winning all the categories of the Uyayifuna Na? edition of the tournament, including the main tournament, the U-20 and inaugural Ladies Cup.
He also congratulated Wanderers for their performance in the finals of the senior and ladies tournaments against Buffaloes.
“The inaugural ladies tournament was a great success. We were pleasantly surprised by the standard.
We witnessed an entertaining final between Buffaloes and Wanderers in the ladies tournament. Our ladies have a great passion for soccer and deserve more support from the fans.
“I would also like to congratulate the U-20 finalists Mbabane Swallows for putting up a good performance during the game against Buffaloes.
I also applaud the Swazi Bank Cup Management Committee for running a smooth tournament. We did not hear of any disciplinary matters throughout the tournament,” he said.
The MD added that the bank had committed to another two years in sponsoring football in an effort to contribute towards its development.
“We recently signed a three-year contract of which this year was the first one.
At the end of the two years, the bank, together with football authorities, will renegotiate the sponsorship.
The inclusion of the ladies tournament is evident that the bank wants football to develop in all spheres,” he said.
He then expressed gratitude to His Majesty King Mswati III, the Royal family, ministers, MPs and other dignitaries for attending the games.
Meanwhile, National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa said the Swazi Bank Cup has become the best tournament in the country. “We are very excited to see the growth of the Swazi Bank Cup and happy that this season’s tournament went smoothly.
We thank the MD for the continued investment in football and have no doubt that this tournament will leave on forever,” he said.
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