De Jongh: Tsabedze made the difference for Mbabane Swallows

De Jongh: Tsabedze made the difference for Mbabane Swallows
Skipper Tony Tsabedze of Swaziland scored twice against Guinea in June

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Apr 18, 2017. 12:00

New Swaziland head coach Pieter De Jongh was impressed by Mbabane Swallows talisman Tony Tsabedze in their 2017 CAF Confederation Cup victory.

The veteran winger scored as Swallows stunned Congo-Brazzaville side AC Leopards 4-2 in the play-off second-leg clash in Swaziland on Saturday.

As a result Swallows made history by becoming the first Swazi club to qualify for the group stage of a CAF club competition after winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

“The captain made a big difference with little tactical things,” De Jongh told Times of Swaziland.

“The first half was tensioned-filled and Swallows were bad defensively," he continued.

"Tactically, Swallows came back more organised in the last half, pilling pressure on the opposition with power play.

"It was collective work really from the team and I’m happy with the captain’s leadership."

Dutch tactician De Jongh was appointed Swaziland head coach last month and 32-year-old Tsabedze is expected to be one of his key players.

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