SWAZI SPORT with Noel Munzwaba
WHERE is former Young Warriors and Dynamos midfielder Alois Ngwerume? This is probably a question most of you will either get wrong or precisely give a a�?we dona��t knowa�? answer.
Probably most of you last heard of the player at ABSA Premiership outfit Moroka Swallows but once a Swallow always one a�� Ngwerume has skipped the border, making a shocking debut appearance for Mbabane Swallows in their 1-4 defeat to Royal Leopards at Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.
Ngwerume who celebrated his 31st birthday last Thursday replaced Congolese Fabrice Mopina providing another complex equation to the foreign quota system which has Kudzanayi Vibes Matanda still in the cold.
He looked cool as a cucumber in the Swallows midfield alongside the vastly improved Mandla Palma and Felix Badenhorst before he was replaced by Sabelo a�?Sikhalia�? Ndzinisa early in the second half.
According to a high ranking and well versed source within the National Football Association, despite having registered Fabrice in the recently ended Swazi Telecom Charity Cup – Swallows can still deregister the Congolese but he is eligible for only three movements and between two teams in one season.
a�?So long as the window is open, a player can make any movement. Despite having just been registered, he is allowed just three movements between two teams in one season,a�? he said on condition of anonymity.
The Ngwerume re-emergence was one of the many season opening stories centred on Zimbabwean players with midfielder Stanford Ncube netting at the stroke of full time to steal a point for the Golding Dube coached Moneni Pirates as they played to a 2-all draw against Green Mamba.
Ncube was playing his first official game donning a Pirates jersey as he raced on a Mlingo Jele looped ball to beat Mpendulo a�?Scocoa�? Dlamini at the Green Mamba poles.
The goal made him the first Zimbabwean to get onto the scorersa�� charts.
Piratesa�� first goal also saw Mxolisi Mabaso tap home from a perfect Ncube through ball.
At Mhlume, Ricky Sibiyaa��s captaincy got off to a winning start as Premier League rookies Red Lions clinched a vital 3-1 win away to RSSC United.
The win saw them becoming the first day log leaders this season before being pushed down to three by uniformed forces outfits Royal Leopards and Young Buffaloes a day later.
At Lobamba, a ruthless Royal Leopard put Mbabane Swallows to the sword with a 4-1 win in a manner that clearly demonstrated their intentions of defending the MTN League title.
Exactly two weeks after losing the Swazi Telecom Charity Cup to Swallows, albeit on a penalty shoot-out, the police side were in a completely different mood.
It was a spotless performance by the team which wore an all white brand new Umbro kit.
Swallows had their moments in the game, especially in the first half where they soaked the pressure well with debutant Zimbabwean born midfielder Ngwerume who had a fantastic game.
Knowledge Jimu and Talent Maphosa were the other two Zimbabweans on the playing park.
In another bad start for Mbabane sides, they promised much but delivered very little when it mattered. That is the sad story of fallen giants, Mbabane Highlanders, whose first taste of elite league football after a season in the lower National First Division League was a bitter one.
Army side, Young Buffaloes ensured that the elite league returnees got a rude if not plain harsh and unsympathetic return to footballa��s first table with a 4-2 win.
In other matches, Manzini Sea Birds shocked a Hloniphani a�?Ndebele-lessa�? Malanti Chiefs 3-2 with the Manzini derby failing to live up to expectation as Manzini Wanderers and Manzini Sundowns settled for a goal-less draw in what was a tedious encounter.
Our discussion point this week, which Zimbabwean do you think will make up the champions family at the end of the season in May 2015?
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