Rinjala Raherinaivo of Madagascar (right) and Sanele Mkhweli of Swaziland in action during their Cosafa Castle Cup match in Windhoek on 15 June 2016. Photo: BackpagePix
Thursday Jun 16, 2016. 10:56
Following their 1-0 win over Madagascar, Swaziland have been dealt a huge blow with Sanele Mkhweli set to miss their next match due to suspension.
The left back will sit out their quarterfinal encounter against Zambia on Sunday as Harries Bulunga and his troops aim to book their place in the semifinals.
According to the Times of Swaziland website, Mkhweli will be serving his one match suspension after he accumulated yellow cards against the Malagasy and Zimbabwe.
However, Bulunga will now look to call upon Royal Leopards defender Sikhumbuzo Ntimane who was benched on Wednesday evening.
Madagascar lose to Swaziland to exit COSAFA Cup
Meanwhile, Isihlangu are crippled at the back after the departure of Leopards defender Siboniso Malambe in the wake of his mother's death.
Former Swazi coach, Jerry Gamedze, remains confident that the team can reach the final of the regional showpiece.
“I wish to congratulate the coach, ‘Madze’ (Bulunga), and his technical team for the achievement because it showed that after last year’s disappointment, they came with a good plan," said Gamedze.
"We can reach the final now because the team is showing great improvement. We only need to improve upfront because we are missing a lot of chances."
Bulunga will rely on the leading goalscorer Felix Badenhorst, who has already netted five goals, to tear apart the Chipolopolo defence.