HIS majesty King Mswati III and Indlovukazi have appealed for five goals from Mbabane Swallows when they face Zambia’s Zesco United on Saturday in their Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup preliminary round return match.
SOCCER – Swallows left the country yesterday afternoon for the second leg match to be played tomorrow at Ndola, Levy Mwanawase stadium.
Speaking on behalf of the king and Indlovukazi during the team’s farewell at Ludzidzini Royal residence yesterday, acting Ludzidzini governor Timothy Velabo Mtetwa said the King and Indlovukazi expected nothing less than five goals from Mbabane Swallows.
He said this when addressing the team’s official and players before leaving for South Africa, where they will connect a plane to Zambia.
“You have not come to me but the king himself as I will be delivering a massage from His Majesty. I won’t speak for myself but on his behalf and this means you have been sent by him to go and score the five goals,” said the governor.
Mthethwa said the King was expecting positive results from the team.
He further urged the team to do what was good in Zambia and paint a good picture of the country.
“We are not expecting the team to lose as we have been notified that it is indeed a good side. We were also informed of your good performance during the first leg 1-all draw. This shows that you are capable of scoring five goals in this coming match.
We want five goals from you and allow them to score just one, “said Mtetwa.
He then thanked Inyatsi for sponsoring the team.
“Your presence here is appreciated and we thank you for sponsoring the team. They need support especially because they were now representing the country.” He said it was proper procedure for teams to get blessing from their majesties before going for national duties.
“They should not learn about such from the media and therefore you did the right thing. We pray that God and the ancestors be with you in your journey, indlela lenhle,” he said.
Swallows Chief Executive Officer Sibusiso Manana promised that they would do all in their power to hoist the country’s flag high while in Zambia.