MBABANE Highlanders’ ambitious chase for a treble ended in agony as Rodwell Dhlakama finally managed a win over Saul Chaminuka on the third attempt when Matsapha United knocked them out of the Solo Inje Eswatini Bank Cup after 1-0 win.
In a round of 16 tie played at Somhlolo National Stadium, the famous Gwaza Nkuzi were looking to score a quadruple of victories over Bogandaganda which could have given Chaminuka a hat trick of wins over his countryman, but it was not to be.
With mixed emotions, Dhlakama paid tribute to his lads.
“We really wanted a win and we really worked hard for it and my players stuck to our game plan and deserved it. I hope they continue building up on this result in future matches. We will focus on each game as it comes.
“I sympathise with Saul a lot because they never came to the party. He can win the league for sure the chance is there anything can happen but I know how much pressure he must be going through after the defeat,” said Dhlakama.
The Eswatini Bank Cup quarter-finals Will only feature two Zimbabwe-born coaches, Dhlakama and Julius Chakupewa, and one player, Steven Makatuka with George Madira, Tarisai Changara and Zenzile Dolly Mpofu having joined Chaminuka on the exit pad.
Chakupewa’s Manzini Sundowns edged neighbours Manzini Wanderers 2-0.
Makatuka’s Mbabane Swallows emerged 1-0 winners over Tambuti to progress to the last 8.
Madira’s Piggs Peak Black Swallows fell 1-0 to Malanti Chiefs in a derby played at Killarney Stadium. Sifiso Makhubu scored a 30th minute striker.
“We never came to the part as my players fail to assert themselves in the game. We could have done better with our finish,” said Madira.
Changara and Moody’s Moneni Pirates suffered a 0-2 defeat to Royal Leopard.