HARARE City Football Club defender Marshall Machazane holds dear his six-month stint in Eswatini football and would not mind a last dance if another opportunity comes.
It has been seven years since the former Highlanders junior played his last match in the MTN Premier League of Eswatini but he cherishes the warm fans who welcomed him.
It was on 12 May 2013 when Machazane starred in the season’s curtain downer Mbabane Highlanders 5-1 win over bitter rivals Mbabane Swallows at a packed Somhlolo National Stadium on their way down to first division football.
Providing two to the five-goal haul in which Muzi Dlamini scored a brace, Vuyani Mazibuko, Sipho Tsabedze and Lungelo Tsabedze weighing in with solitary strikes and Mfanufuthi Bhembe claiming a consolation, and Hloniphani Ndebele being a second half substitute, Machazane bowed to a winning relegation exit.
But seven years later he feels he would not mind another dance.
“I do miss the soccer that side, the fans were so welcoming and appreciative and support football and stick with you in bad times and never judge you when form deserts you. I surely loved the derby against Mbabane Swallows as the stadium was always full for one of the real derbies.
“Pity I only stayed for six months but if given a chance I would have loved to say good bye to the Mbabane Highlanders supporters with another stint given that we had a good relationship, when I left the management didn’t want me to leave.
“During my brief stay I scored two goals on my debut the Super 8 Cup (Eswatini Bank Cup against Imphumelelo) which we won 8-1 and went on to score three goals in the league. I played as an anchorman and my best game was against Malanti Chiefs (on the 6th of March) at night playing against Benedict Vilakazi,” said Machazane.
Machazane had just played six matches since joining Mbabane Highlanders, who had been confirmed relegated despite the big 5-1 drubbing of champions Mbabane Swallows, and earned recognition.
The Zimbabwean had just bounced back from a lay-off induced by a life threatening traffic accident in which a commuter omnibus he was travelling in overturned near Eden on 25 February.
He had to be sent to South Africa for further medical attention but the boy bounced back to the field of play though he sometimes experiences pain to the left knee.
Eswatini was his second international home after a Botswana stint where he turned out for the Madinda Ndlovu-coached Mochudi Centre Chiefs after turning out for Highlanders and Quelaton earlier.