A goal from Sifiso Mabila towards the end of the second half was enough to earn Swaziland the full points as they beat Tanzania 1-0 on Monday evening in their Cosafa Group B match at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
As early as the second minute, Tanzania captain John Bocco tried to open the scoring but the Swaziland goalkeeper Mphikeleli Dhlamini managed to get a hand on it and send the ball out for a corner kick.
Tanzania striker Mrisho Ngasa also had a chance to open the scoring but Mphikeleni Dlamini was well alert.
Just a minute before the half time break Sifiso Mabila found the back of the net and gave Swaziland a lead with a shot that beat the keeper at his near post.
In the second half Swaziland tried to double the score but Tony Tsabedze’s shot from the edge of the box was blocked.
In the 80th minute substitute Salum Salum fired in a shot but it missed the target as the Tanzanians continued to press for an equaliser.
In the end the Swazis held out for a valuable three points.
Tanzania XI: Deogratias Munish, Agrey Ambros, Salim Mbonde, Oscar Fanuel, Erasto Nyoni, Said Juma (Juma Luizio 67’), Saimon Msuva (Ibrahim Migomba 83’), Shomari Kapombe, Mwinyi Kazimoto, Mrisho Ngasa (Salum Salum 78’) , John Bocco.
Swaziland XI: Mphikeleli Dlamini, Sifiso Mabila, Siyabonga Mdluli, Sanele Mkhweli, Zweli Nxumalo (Mxolisi Lukhlele 69’), Mthumzi Mkhontfo, Siboniso Malambe, Machawe Dlamini, Njabulo Ndlovu (Sifiso Nkambule 63’), Tony Tsabedze, Xolani Sibandze.