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‘I WANT TO EMULATE SOBANTU DLAMINI’

By Melusi Mlotsa | 2019-07-12

SOCCER – ARMY Commander Lieutenant General Jeffrey Tshabalala says he wants to emulate former General Commander Sobantu Dlamini by making Young Buffaloes a formidable side.

Lieutenant General Tshabalala was appointed two weeks ago by His Majesty King Mswati III during the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force’s 46th Army Day which was held at the army headquarters at Nokwane.

The lieutenant general replaced General Sobantu Dlamini, who is now a member of the Ludzidzini Council. The army side was a force to reckon with last season as they won the Ingwenyama Cup and EswatiniBank Cup. Speaking to this publication yesterday, Tshabalala said he wanted Young Buffaloes to compete for every trophy in the 2019/20 season as they did in the past season. “The boys are back for pre-season training after a long break and again we will fight to win all the trophies in the upcoming season. It is possible to win all the trophies and we will fight for that. I am hoping to continue from where the former army commander left off. It will not be easy but is achievable as long as we work together as a team we can go places,” he said. Tshabalala also mentioned that ‘Amathol’ezinyathi’ would definitely be competing in the CAF Confederation Cup and appealed to companies for sponsorship.

He said for the team to compete effectively in Africa, they need extra funds as the costs were too high. “We will be going to Africa to represent the country and we appeal for donations from companies. The journey to Africa is not easy as it is a costly undertaking,” he said. Tshabalala also highlighted the success of Young Buffaloes in his speech during the Army Day before he presented two cows to Their Majesties on behalf of Young Buffaloes Football Club.

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