Thursday 2018-08-16




By Qondile Ntiwane | 2018-07-12

SOCCER - MBABANE Swallows coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vilakati has paid glowing tribute to the team’s physical trainer Siyabonga Bhembe.

Making his remarks during the open training session at the Prince of Wales Ground yesterday, the coach said he was happy with the wonderful job done by the trainer in the past two weeks.

“I want to give credit to our physical trainer. He has really done a great job in conditioning the players.

They are really responding well to training and I am certain they will be ready when the time comes. We will be going to camp today or tomorrow but will update the nation as we build up to the game,” he said.

The coach said they respected the opponents but noted that they (Swallows) were determined to make a mark in the tournament.

“Sahel are a big team and well respected. We also respect them but it ends there. This is our time to do something and we are determined to do just that,” he said.

The coach said he was happy to have most of the players present during the training session.

“The only missing player today is Njabulo but I am told that he had some business to attend to at home. I am yet to get an update on Siphamandla but he is still a part of us,” he said.

Vilakati further highlighted that the team, just like any other team, had problems and they would be addressed.

“Every family has problems and we are sorting out those problems. In fact they are not even problems, just things that need clarity. For instance if a player wants a signing on fee it doesn’t mean they have to stop training because they are getting paid at the end of the month. Those are two different issues.

“However, we are adults and need to protect our players because football is a game of emotion and that is something we can’t take lightly,” he said.

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