Ingwenyama cup, in football (soccer), quadrennial tournament that determines the sport’s champion. It is likely the most popular sporting event at the Kingdom of Eswatini, drawing tons of television viewers every tournament. Lobamba at Somhlolo National Stadium- greatest passion show off with enthusiasms, Young Buffaloes reached the Ingwenyama Cup Promised Land by beating Mbabane Highlanders 4-1 yesterday after an outstanding and countless attacks.
His Majesty King Mswati III, who is the biggest sponsor for the tournament, joined by his guest, former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma and over 10000 fans celebrating at the football stadium, watched ‘Amathole Ezinyathi ’as they marched; in one of the most one-sided Cup finals in history to clinch the princely E1.3 million first prize cheque.
Taking off the game with energy surged forward in an eye-watering transition play which bamboozled Highlanders’ leaky-as-sieve defence, all day afternoon. It was about the scored goals. The army side would score as Highlanders were exposed tactically, technically and otherwise by a super-fit Buffaloes side which outfoxed, outsmarted and out-thought the Saul Chaminuke-coached side far more than the scoreline suggests.
Even after losing striker Ndoda Mthethwa, who netted the opening goal three minutes after His Majesty King Mswati III had taken his seat next to ‘Msholozi’ in the 18th minute, Buffaloes were not overawed by Highlanders fortuitous equalizing penalty converted by Thabiso Mokenkoane 10 minutes before half-time.