Thursday 2019-08-22




By Melusi Mlotsa | 2019-08-14

SOCCER – YOUNG Buffaloes coach Dominic Kunene says their game plan of getting an away goal worked well for them in Luanda.

The army side beat Zambian side Buildcon FC 1-0 in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederations Cup at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday. The goal was scored by Mpendulo ‘Mpetha’ Dlamini in the first half after a good interchange of passes with his teammates.

Speaking to this publication upon their return to the country yesterday, Kunene said the match was tough especially in the second half as their opponents fired from all cylinders.

“We played well especially in the first half. However, in the second half, Buildcon resorted to power play, hence, we lost our rhythm. However, I am happy with the overall performance of the boys.” Kunene said  he was hoping to do even better in the second leg.

Sandile ‘Saviola’ Gamedze and Ndoda ‘Stomach’ Mthethwa will be available for selection after they were left out for the Lunda trip due to injuries.

Captain Nhlanhla Gwebu also echoed his coach’s words, saying Buildcon were a tough side as they play attacking football.

“Experience helped us a lot against Buildcon as they are aggressive in their play.  I am happy that we managed to record an away win. We will finish what we started in Zambia here at home,” he confidently said.

Young Buffaloes first 11 against Buildcon:

  1. Nhlanhla Gwebu
  2. Linda Mkhonta
  3. Wandile Maseko
  4. Sihlangu Mkhwanazi
  5. Sithobela Mamba
  6. Siboniso Ngwenya
  7. Ally Matse
  8. Wandile Shabangu
  9. Phiwa Dlamini
  10. Mpendulo Dlamini
  11. Fanelo ‘Order ‘Mamba

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