Mbabane Swallows find themselves in a sink or swim situation when they welcome Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien to the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba on Sunday in a Group B day Five clash.
Knowing just a win and nothing less is required to keep the now remote quarter finals dream alive, coach Thabo Koki Vilakati will have to summon more than just motivation to reignite their hopes.
We need more than just the motivation coming into this one. The boys know they are carrying the nation’s hopes and a win over Sfaxien on Sunday will change a lot of things on Sunday and up the stakes in the last group match against Platinum Stars, said Vilakati.
There are lesser injury and suspension worries with an almost clean bill of health in the Birds camp.
Swallows will bank immensely on an unbeaten home record which has seen then win all but one match at their favourite grounds this campaign with all their defeats being in away legs including two at the group stage to CS Sfaxien (0-1) and MC Alger (1-2).
The Swazi outfit has turned the Lobamba based venue into a taming house, beating Orapa United (3-2), Azam (3-0), AFC Leopards 4-2, Platinum Stars (4-0) before the goalless draw against the Algerians.
Thousands of local soccer fans will be praying for gun slinger Sabelo Ndzinisa to replicate his scoring form that has cut his name amongst top strikers in this edition.
Meanwhile, leaders MC Alger will be seeking to confirm their place at the knockout stage as they play host to Platinum Stars of South Africa on Friday in the Algerian capital, Algiers.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football