Swazi Sports with Noel Munzabwa
OUR Zimbabwe players and coaches won’t return to action at least for another three weeks after Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini announced an extension of the COVID-19 Lockdown to 6 May on Wednesday morning.
The initial 20 days mitigating policy was due to expire at midnight on Wednesday and had cultivated salivation for the possible return to action but alas with the end to the global ravaging Corona Virus pandemic nowhere in sight extension became inevitable and came as no surprise.
Things being on state of emergency , the latest pushback throws a huge uncertainty to the completion of the 2019/20 MTN Premier League of Eswatini whose curtain often comes down by mid-May with the Eswatini Football Association insisting the season will eventually see its finality.
But just where are our boys locked down? B-METRO Sports made a quick survey this week that revealed that none of them was in Zimbabwe but shared between South Africa and Eswatini and none in no man’s land.
Imagine spending the 21 days of the declared COVID-19 Lockdown in a no man’s land as the place between the two countries borders, like the Beitbridge between Zimbabwe and South Africa, gory and scary is it not?
For some it almost became a reality and for me the sound of the ‘are you so sure’ three times by immigration officer who stamped my passport on the outer edge of the lockdown sent the chills down my spine.
Coach Tarisai Changara is an ‘inmate’ of his Tambuti FC base near Big Bend south of Eswatini.
“Ah my brother, thanks for checking on us, I am all fine in Tambuti,” declared Changara.
Former Hardbody and Hwange coach, Tavaka Gumbo (Piggs Peak Black Swallows coach) is hibernating in South Africa while Manzini Sundown assistant coach George Madira, is holed up in Manzini with Mbabane Citizens coach, Julius Chakupewa in Mbabane.
On the players side, Moneni Pirates’ Takawira Chimwanda is locked down in Manzini and Motjane – seven kilometres from Eswatini’s biggest border Oshoek – housing Malanti Chiefs’ Ayanda Ncube.