Magwanyane FC claim top spot in Swazi Trac Super League
The Swazi Trac Lubombo Super League title race took a twist this past weekend as Magwanyana FC leapfrogged Rail United to claim the top spot. Magwanyana beat Bhelebane Sundowns 1-0 to reach 20 points while Rail United, who succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of unbeaten Tabankhulu Celtics, are now sitting in 2nd spot with 18 points. Rail United were inflicted their second defeat within a space of three days, following their defeat by Magwanyana in the regional Ingwenyama Cup semi final on Friday and a league defeat by Celtics. Meanwhile, Magwanyana recorded their 2nd win within the same period. With six wins in nine games, Magwanyana have scored 13 goals and conceded six to see a one of their best season in years. Newcomers are third with 17 points, and they are separated by three points with 4th placed City Warriors. The latter who recorded their 6th win at the expense of Sikhalo seAfrica whom they beat 3-0 are at 14 points, tied with 5th placed Home Sparrows, and 6th placed CPL. Sparrows beat Malahleni 3-2 in their weekend fixture while CPL played a goalless draw against Ubombo Flyers. The going seem to be tougher for CK Survivors who are rooted in the basement with four points in eight games. Also languishing in the relegation quagmire is Gucuka Cosmos who are positioned 15th with six points. Other results saw newcomers Distillers beating Juventus 1-0 while Young Aces beat Samampela 1-0 in an entertaining game.The league enters week 10 this weekend and interesting fixtures are on the cards as battle for championship takes centre stage.
Regional Ingwenyama Cup: Flyers, Magwanyana meet in Lubombo final.
Ubombo Flyers and Magwanyane FC will meet in the final of Lubombo Ingwenyama Cup after winning their respective semi-final encounters on Friday evening at Mayaluka Stadium. Flyers, the reigning regional Ingwenyama Cup champions, managed to beat CK Survivors 1-0 while Magwanyane, who are the reigning champions of Swazi Trac Top 8, beat Rail United 2-0 to set a date with the Big bend outfit. The double header proved to be the centre of attraction as hordes of football followers filled the stadium to rally behind their favourite teams. It was Flyers who first marched to the final as they put their opponents to the sword in the first match, and it proved to be an entertaining affair. By the time Magwanyane and Rail United entered the field of play, the spectators were already waiting with bated breath to see who join Flyers in the final. It was the ground that suffered the most as the two sides battle it out for the funal spot - and it was Magwanyane who had the last laugh. Scenes of jubilation were the order of the night within the two teams set of supporters as they watched their sides marching closer to the E40 000 national championship winners prize at stake. At this stage the winner between Flyers and Magwanyane will qualify to play in the 32 teams main tournament while the losers will compete for the two available spot allocated for the six regional super league teams. Date and venue of the final is yet to be confirmed.
Tabankhulu FC jump to top spot in RSSC Siyakha League
Tabankhulu FC have leapfrogged Revelations to jump to the top spot in RSSC Siyakha North West League. The Tabankhulu ensemble beat Young Killers 2-1 while their fellow contenders, Revelations shockingly succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of basement side, Tongaart Young Stars. The latter recorded their first win in five games to jump to the 10th spot with three points. Tabakhulu FC who are now on top, have 12 points and are tied with 2nd placed Revelations. Equator beat Tsambokhulu Rovers 1-0 to mantain their 3rd spot with 10 points while Brave Lions annihilated 6-2 to reach 10 points in position four. Born Again who were condemned to their 3rd defeat in five games are now rooted at the basement with two points. They are tied with 11th placed Mhlume Highlanders who also suffered their 3rd defeat at the hands of Mhlume Professionals with a 3-2 scoreline. The league is made out of 12 teams who are competing for promotion to the Swazi Trac Lubombo Super League.
Siweni United leading the pack in Malindza League
Siweni United mean business this season! They are on top of the table in the Mbuso Maseko Malindza Zonal League after recording their 6th win at the expense of resilient Highway FC whom the beat 4-3 over the weekend. United are now at 18 points and they are closely followed by Promising Stars with 16 points. The latter were held to 1-all draw by Umseshi FC over the weekend. Occupying the 3rd spot is Lubhuku United with 13 points after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Black Mamba. Completing the top four is Malindza United who have 11 points after playing a goalless draw with Lubhuku Young Stars. Calabash FC continue to witness a nightmarish season as they are rooted at the basement with five points in seven games after playing a 1-1 draw with Dvokodvweni United. Other results of the weekend saw Eleven Angels beating Juventus 6-1 to reach 8 points in position 10 while Zamalek continue to plunge down to the relegation quagmire with six points after being defeated 2-0 by Mshana Stone Breakers
Young Heroes, Real Madrid battle in Eastern Zone League
It is survival of the fittest in Thajo Investment Lubombo Eastern Zone A Division League. Young Heroes and Real Madrid are showing strong intent for championship with four games played. Both sides are tied at 10 points, and the only difference is that Heroes are on top with superior goal difference. Results of the past weekend saw Young Heroes beating Ngcina FC 2-1 while Real Madrid thrashed Good Shepherd FC 3-0 to ensure that they remain on course of title contention. Both Heroes and Madrid are unbeaten and they have three wins and one draw. Occupying the 3rd spot is Young Zebras with seven points and they are tied with three othres; 4th placed Ngcina FC, 5th placed Boys to Men and 6th Six to Six FC. Young Zebras were held to a 2-all draw by Zero Cosmos in their weekend fixture while Boys to Men beat Hot Chillies 3-1. Six to Six were beaten 1-0 by Tiger Boys. City Rollers went amok to massacre struggling Mpolonjeni United 5-0 in a one-sided encounter. The league comprise of 14 teams who are competing for promotion to the Swazi Trac Super League, albeit via the newly introduced promotional play-offs.
FOUR TEAMS TO FIGHT FOR A SLOT IN THE SMVA INGWENYAMA CUP SEMI-FINALS IN THE LUBOMBO REGIONRegional Ingwenyama Cup defending champions, Ubombo Flyers seek to progress as they meet CK Survivors in the Lubombo semi finals. The game is billed for Mayaluka Stadium on Friday at 9 PM. The game with play after anothet potential thriller pitting Rail United against Magwanyane FC at 7 PM. Flyers reached the stage after beating Tabankhulu Celtics in the last eight while CK Survivors (formerly XI Men) beat Bhelebane Sundowns to set a date with the Big bend ensemble. Meanwhile Rail United who are parading former Manzini Wanderers players, Sicelo 'Junior' Simelane and Njabulo Maziya, beat Juventus to reach the last four whole their opponents Magwanyane beat CPL. In their previous meeting in a knockout Magwanyane FC beat Rail United during the Swazi Trac Top 8. The regional phase of the Ingwenyama Cup features all the super league teams in the country who battle it out for the E40 000 winners prize at stake. The double header is set to bring the Mayaluka Stadium to life as the battle for championships takes centre stage. Lubombo Regional Football Association (LRFA) Secretary General Sicelo Nene urged fans to come in their numbers to watch the games. Entry fee is E10 per head.The semi final fixtureFriday 01 November - MayalukaRail United v Magwanyane - 7 PMUbombo Flyers v CK Survivors - 9 PMREVELATIONS FC LEADS THE PACK IN THE RSSC SIYAKHA LEAGUERevelations began the RSSC Siyakha North West League on a high note as they occupy the top spot. The sugar belt side have recorded four straight wins in their opening four games of the league. For their form, they are comfortably sitting at the summit of the table with 12 points after beating Mhlume Professionals 2-0 in the weekend fixture. Hot on their heels are defending champions, Tabankhulu FC who are second with nine points. The Tabankhulu side annihilated Brave Lions 4-1 in their weekend fixture. Occupying the 3rd spot is former Super League side Equator FC who are at seven points, tied with 4th placed Brave Lions. In the opposite side of table the going seem to be tough for Tongaart Young Stars who are still winless in four games and they are rooted at the basement with zero points. The Tabankhulu side are trailing Njakeni United who are positioned 11th with one point. The league is part of the RSSC Siyakha 1800 Football Programme which is sponsored to the tune of E180 000 shared amongst three categories; grassroots, juniors and seniors league. The seniors league is divided into two streams; the North West and North East which both produce teams to play in the super league promotional play-offs.