Red and white glamour giants Mbabane Swallows can heave a sigh of relief, as all their key players have extended their stay with the treble winners.
The all-conquering Mbabane giants have moved swiftly to convince their prized assets, the likes of talismanic forward Mfanafuthi ‘Taribo’ Bhembe, utility player Felix ‘Fela’ Badenhorst, ‘Captain Marvel’ Tony ‘TT’ Tsabedze and midfield dynamo Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu to extend their stay with the heavyweights.
The team’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sibusiso Manana confirmed the latest development to MTNFootball.com this morning, which is likely to sound like sweet melody to the ears of the team’s faithful.
Host Zambia face Mozambique in Cosafa Cup quarterfinals while Bafana Bafana must wait to know their Last 8 opponents from Group A.
Mozambique, Bafana Bafana, Malawi, Angola, hosts Zambia and defending champions Zimbabwe all enjoy byes from the group stage and will enter the competition at the quarterfinal stage.
Zambia will face Mozambique on July 14 in the fourth quarterfinal match in Kabwe following tournament draws made on May 3 in Lusaka.
Bafana will face winner from Group A on July 13 in Lusaka that contains Namibia, Mauritius, Seychelles and guest team from the Cecafa zone, Tanzania.
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Bafana Bafana, Angola, champions Zimbabwe and hosts Zambia seeded and on first round byes in the May 3 COSAFA Cup draws.
And CECAFA zone nations Tanzania and Kenya have been invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA Cup to be held in Zambia from July 6-21.
According to Cosafa, Zambia, Bafana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi and Mozambique will all enjoy group stage byes and join the competition in the quarterfinals on July 13 thanks to their FIFA rankings as of April 11, 2013.
Meanwhile, guest teams Tanzania and Kenya are the seeded teams in the group draws.
Eight teams will go into Fridays two group draws for preliminary round matches to be played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka and Godfrey 'Ucar' Chitalu Stadium in Kabwe.
Mbabane Swallows' Ghanaian striker Mike Mohamed impressed Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo during the Swazi Bank Cup Final on Sunday.
Khumalo was in Mbabane with the SA Legends to play against their counterparts from Swaziland in a curtain-raiser for Sunday's Final.
Khumalo says he will recommend Mohamed to the Amakhosi technical team.
"I was very impressed with his first touch and the way he protects the ball. He has all the traits of a good striker.
"I need to speak to the Swallows chairman because I need to recommend the striker to members of our technical bench," Khumalo told the Swazi media.
Mbabane Swallows quicksilver, Sabelo Ndzinisa came off the bench and grabbed a brace in extra time to transport Mbabane Swallows to a resounding 5-3 victory over Malanti Chiefs in front of over 15 000 fans at Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
His Majesty King Mswati III joined over 15 000 fans who crammed the Somhlolo National Stadium to the rafters and beamed a wall-to-wall as the two teams tore each other apart in a grueling nerve-wrecking 120 minutes of football.
Malanti Chiefs took the lead in the 26th minute when Bheki ‘Djemba’ Dlamini curled a shot from the edge of the box into the far corner of the net, stretching Swallows Zimbabwean goalkeeper, Ephraim Mazarura to the limit.