Green Eagles fly past Buffaloes to add Eswatini football woes

Visiting Green Eagles of Zambia easily flew over the raging Young Buffaloes of Eswatini notching a 3-2 away win in the Total CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg tie played at Mavuso Sports Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

This earned the Zambia soccer ensemble a 5-2 aggregate win and a place at the first round at the addition of further woes on troubled Eswatini soccer which have seen this particular become home to agonizing international results.

In the last three months, the senior national team suffered three successive results to Tunisia, Egypt and Niger while the Under 23 side was knocked out from the youth continental safari by Mozambique and a day earlier to this Confederation Cup tie, Mbabane Swallows had been ruthlessly knocked out by Simba of Tanzania in the Champions League.

Again, for the second year on the trot Buffaloes are out of the CAF Confederation Cup in just the first hurdle. It was always going to be difficult for the army side following the first leg 0-2 defeat away in Choma a week ago but in all honesty, they have themselves to blame.

Eagles scored three first half goals under scorching heats here thanks to a Amos Tembo brace and a Ceaser Hakaluba strike.

Tembo opened the scorers’ chart with Eagles’ first attempt on target after 10 minutes punishing Buffaloes who had failed to clear their lines.

Two minutes later, Eagles were two up, this time Hakaluba heading on the blind side after getting away from his man. Three minutes before the hour mark, Tembo was back on the score sheet, blasting home a Hakaluba low cross.

After the breather, Buffaloes emerged from the tunnel a changed side, more aggressive and pinned their opponents in their own half. It is exactly how they were supposed to start the game.

Buffaloes reduced the arrears two minutes from the breather from a successfully converted Phiwayinkosi penalty before completing his brace in the 77th minute but it was a shade too late to snatch this particular tie right at the death.

And thus for the second successive day, Eswatini soccer was sent into some serious soul search for a solution that could probably arrest the descending international mediocrity and just maybe, the country’s new sports minister, Harries Madze Bulunga, a former most successful national team coach, will have his work cut out.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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