FORMER Bulawayo City forward, Ayanda Ncube finally scored his first Swazi goal as his side, Malanti Chiefs put aside a disastrous MTN Premier League of Eswatini campaign to open the SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup with huge 8-1 triumph over Rangers.
Chiefs made light work of the MTN National First Division outfit in the Round of 32 tie played at King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium in Nhlangano, south of the country, on Saturday.
A first half hat-trick and second half brace from Charles Molopo, as well as goals from Lindokuhle Fakudze, Ncube and Mxolisi Lukhele saw Malanti win the match with ease.
Malanti were favourites going into the match and they proved this by scoring five goals in 10 minutes.
Ncube described the goal as a great relief.
“It was now frustrating for me personally but this particular goal brings great relief and this is the beginning of more goals. It was good to win a match especially the game given our struggle in the league and that should bring the confidence,” said Ncube.
On the same day, Takesure Chiragwi’s Mhlume Peacemakers made a peaceful 1-0 start to the fifth edition of the highly sponsored cup tournament with a win over little known lower division outfit Magwanyana at Mayaluka Stadium, Big Bend surviving what usually presents a risky banana peel effect.
However, the biggest slip saw Tarisai Changara’s Tambuti FC being undone by the MTN National First Division outfit Illovo 6-7 after a penalty shoot-out at King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium marking one of the two biggest upsets in the opening round together with Piggs Peak Black Swallows’ 0-1 defeat to Seven Dreams.
Moneni Pirates, home to Takawira Chimwanda thumped Mbabane Citizens 4-0 in a 5.30 pm kick-off at Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba to join the 16 teams whose draw will be conducted in Mbabane on Monday.
This week’s focus shifts back to the MTN Premier League of Eswatini.