EXACTLY nine months after causing a biggest upset in Swazi soccer, Saul Chaminuka’s Matsapha United became victims of a similar upset when they suffered a shock 2-3 (1-1) penalty defeat to MTN National First Division outfit Milling Hot Spurs.
Then in the National First Division on March 5, Chaminuka and his lads became cult celebrities after dumping team of the moment Mbabane Swallows out of the SwaziBank Cup, 1-2, a Swallows defeat that remains the only one to a local outfit in 18 months.
With such memories, Matsapha United should have known better but a lacklustre performance saw them give away a third minute lead allowing Milling Hot Spurs a 35th minute equalizer which stretched matters to the lottery.
Chaminuka conceded it was too difficult to cultivate a winning attitude among his players.
“If there is something difficult to change it is the playersa�� attitudes. We underrated this team and they punished us for the wrong attitude,” said Chaminuka.
It was a week of mixed fortunes for Zimbabweans plying their trade in Swaziland soccer as the 2017 /18 SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup edition roared off last weekend.
Hebert Maruwa and Tawana Chokore’s Mbabane Citizens thrashed Young Movers 5-0 to book a date against
Knowledge Jim’s Red Lions in the second round. Lions needed a 3-1 penalty shootout win past Tambankulu Callies.
Zenzile Dolly Mpofu and Tawanda Chikuku’s Moneni Pirates dumped Rail United 3-1 to book a date against Green Mamba.
Meanwhile, former Matshiyakwakhiwe defender Talent Maphosa has iced himself out of bankrupt Red Lions seeking a new move during the forthcoming transfer window period which opens in the new year.
“I have walked on Red Lions for obvious reasons and will be seeking a new move in January. Salaries were not being paid in time,” said Maphosa.
He also revealed that he was considering permanent residence in Swaziland where he has spent the last seven years.