Skipper Tony Tsabedze of Swaziland scored twice against Guinea in June
Friday Jun 12, 2015. 22:37
Southern minnows Swaziland got their 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign to a great start with a 2-1 away win over Guinea in Casablanca on Friday evening.
Shorn of several key players including Abdoul Razzagui Camara, Ibrahima Traoré, Baïssama Sankoh, Ibrahima Conté, Bouna Sarr, Fodé Koita and Idrissa Sylla, the Syli were caught off guard after just 13 minutes of play with attacking midfielder Tony Tsabedze giving Sihlangu the lead from the edge of the box.
Mohamed Yattara came close to the equaliser at the half-an-hour mark, following good work from Lass Bangoura, but the striker missed the target at the near post.
And Swaziland managed to hold onto their narrow lead until the break, to boost their hopes for a big upset in Morocco.
However, François Kamano ultimately levelled matters for Luis Fernandez men in the 69th minute, thanks to an impressive bicycle kick.
But Tony Tsabedze had the last word for Swaziland, with the former Supersport United, Maritzburg and Santos player grabbing the winner five minutes from time following a poor clearance from Boubacar Fofana.
Guinea will have to bounce back when they travel to Zimbabwe in September, while Sihlangu will be eager to keep their momentum going at home when they host Malawi in their next Group L outings.