Warriors hold head high

2016-02-24 06:00
A GOOD RUN: Mfundo Nsele (right) of African Warriors goes all out during his team’s National First Division (NFD) encounter with Moroka Swallows on Saturday (20/02). Also chasing the ball is Msekeli Mvalo of Swallows (left). Photo: Tladi Moloi

A GOOD RUN: Mfundo Nsele (right) of African Warriors goes all out during his team’s National First Division (NFD) encounter with Moroka Swallows on Saturday (20/02). Also chasing the ball is Msekeli Mvalo of Swallows (left). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – A nail-biting National First Division (NFD) encounter between African Warriors and Moroka Swallows became a five-goal driller with Warriors coming from 0-1 down to win the game by 4-1.

These two teams faced off at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwaqwa on Saturday (20/02).

This was Warriors’ first win for 2016, thanks to Ange Lebahi, their skipper, and Nsele Mfundo both scoring.

Boysen Mbatha scored the only goal for the troubled Swallows, who are rooted at the bottom of the log table.

This mouth-watering contest was full of drama, as it produced three penalties too.

Warriors successfully converted two of the penalties, while Swallows missed.

Aleni Lebyane, the former Free State Stars striker, failed to convert a penalty that could have handed his struggling team a 2-2 score line in the second stanza.

The visitors started the game like a house on fire, as they broke the ice within five minutes.

However, Thami Ngubane’s troops showed real character. They pushed in their numbers for an equaliser, which they achieved from a penalty spot a minute before the half-time break.

The second half saw Swallows chasing the shadows of the Maihlome Ihlasele boys, who played like it was their last day on earth. Their “never say die” attitude paid off, as they netted three goals in the second stanza to give Swallows more worries.

Swallows have been relegated from the land of milk and honey, the Absa Premier League.

Even though Warriors won their game convincingly, Ngubane knew the fight was not yet over.

He said he was happy that they got the win that they had needed.

“We want to give all the glory to God. We have been working very hard, but the results were not coming,” Ngubane said.

“We have to make sure that we produce the same fighting spirit in our next game.

“Yes, we won today, but one win doesn’t make you a championship winning team.”

Lebahi said they had to keep working hard if they wanted to move out of the relegation zone.

He said the Swallows game was water under the bridge and added that they had to limit their celebration and focus on their next game.

“We need to make sure we beat all the teams lying at the bottom if we want to survive,” Lebahi said.

“We still have more games, and the good thing is most of those games are at home.

“We will have to make sure that we use the home-ground advantage.”

He said he was happy to see their supporters attending in their numbers.

“They have been with us through thick and thin and they deserve better.

“I want to dedicate today’s win to all our loyal supporters,” the skipper concluded.

Warriors welcome another relegation candidate, Mthatha Bucks, at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday (27/02). Kick-off is at 15:30.

‘We need to make sure we beat all the teams lying at the bottom if we want to survive’– Ange Lebahi

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