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Royal Leopard Vows to Continue Title Chase Despite Setback Against Green Mamba


The Royal Leopard team remains resolute in their pursuit of the league title even after a challenging loss to archrivals Green Mamba, which has placed them five points behind the current leaders, Mbabane Swallows. The forces derby, which unfolded at Simunye Stadium on Saturday, saw the defending champions secure a narrow 2-1 victory, propelling them to fifth place in the standings.

In a match marred by high tension, Royal Leopard’s head coach Edwin Matsebula received a red card for dissent, a sign of the high stakes and emotions on the field. Despite this, assistant coach Mfanzile ‘Fash’ Dlamini expressed the team’s determination to fight until the very end, highlighting a conviction that they can still make a turnaround with the games remaining.

“We are disappointed but not defeated. Our performance showcased our capabilities, and we were simply unlucky in finishing. We are still in the race and every training session will be approached with the intensity of a final match,” Dlamini stated, maintaining a hopeful stance for Royal Leopard.

Meanwhile, Green Mamba’s head coach Ernest Mavuso credited the victory to his team’s resilience and the players’ ability to endure pressure. “The win is a significant morale booster for our title defense. We’ve adjusted our gameplay and patterns as needed, and it’s paying off,” Mavuso remarked.

The close-fought match was ultimately decided by the efficiency in front of the goal. Mavuso acknowledged the parallels drawn by Dlamini, agreeing that the successful conversion of opportunities made the difference for Green Mamba.

Currently sitting in second place in the MTN Premier League, Green Mamba stands just two points adrift of the Swallows, with every match being a critical step towards the title.

As the season heads into its climax, both Royal Leopard and Green Mamba continue their quest for glory, knowing that every point can tip the scales in this high-stakes league showdown.

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