By Qondile Ntiwane | 2018-05-17
SOCCER – YOUNG Buffaloes midfielder Sandile Gamedze has made history by winning the SwaziBank Cup Player of the Series award twice in a row
The midfield maestro was named the best player of the tournament during a prize presentation held at the Bank’ Auditorium in Mbabane yesterday.
Gamedze won the same award last year after his side won their first Swazi Bank final before becoming the second team to win it back to back after Mbabane Highlanders over eight years ago.
For his achievement, the troublesome Gamedze received E15 000 plus a trophy. Interviewed yesterday, the youngster said he was happy to have successfully defended the title.
“I am very happy to have won the award again. This is a sign that we worked hard as a team and were united.
“However, there are special people that I would like to dedicate this award to, and that is my mother and team mate Phiwa Dlamini. He inspires me to do my best when he is there during a game and is more like a brother to me,” he said.
He stated that he would continue to push hard and also try to win the award against next year. Meanwhile, Manzini Wanderers Coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe snatched the Coach of the tournament award from Buffaloes’ Dominic Kunene.
Sought for comment on the award, the veteran mentor said he was not expecting to win the gong. “I really wasn’t expecting this trophy but I am happy that there were people who believed that I deserved it. I would have loved to lift the trophy but I still say that losing to Buffaloes was a blessing in disguise. “By losing we were able to see our mistakes, the quality of players we have and what we have to do going forward. Maybe we would be big-headed had we won the tournament and that would not have worked for us because there is a still a lot to do as the plan is to compete next season,” he said.
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