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Swaziland coach hails team, rues missed opportunity to beat Nigeria

14 November 2015, 17:24

Abuja - Coach of the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland, Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga, has congratulated his players for a brave performance after playing to a goalless draw against the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier played last night at the Somhlolo National Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Bulunga said they played well in the game but admitted they didn't have good combinations which would have helped them win.

“We played well but didn’t have good combination in the second half especially following Felix Badenrhorst’s injury, which affected us as he combined well with Sabelo Ndzinis. This killed the momentum as Sikhali could not click well with Sandile Hlatshwayo,” he said.

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Speaking ahead of the return leg in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Bulunga said he would prepare the team for a tough battle going into the second leg in Nigeria.

“I am crossing my fingers that Felix and Mxolisi Lukhele recover in time for the return match. I believe we can do well in Nigeria considering our good away record. We are not going there as tourists but we are going to fight,” he said.

Meanwhile, his Nigerian counterpart Sunday Olivier said they failed to make use of their scoring opportunities, something he said cost them the game.

"We need to prepare ourselves for the second leg, as we brought a second team for this game but we still should have done well. We are going out for a kill in Port Harcourt,” he was quoted in the Swaziland Observer.

- News24


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