We ‘ll Stop Eagles, Bulunga Boasts
Swaziland Arrive Today
Swaziland Coach, Harries Bulunga, was all smiles after his team’s goalless draw with the Super Eagles at the Somholo National Stadium in Lobamba on Friday.
The coach, who said the result was reminiscent of the Sihlangu’s goalless draw with Cameroun in a group stage game of the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, is also hopeful that his boys will go one step better by beating Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
An elated Bulunga told the visiting media after the game played at the 7,500 capacity stadium that his wards still had some surprises waiting for Nigeria in the second leg.
Swaziland forced the football world to stop and take note when they defeated Guinea 2-1 away from home in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier.
“All we need is a score draw to eliminate Nigeria and if you have been following us in recent times, you will know that we play better away from home,” he said.
Bulunga acknowledges that Tuesday’s game would be more difficult than the first leg, especially with the expected absence of their inspirational veterans, Felix Badenhorst and Mxolisi Lukhele.
“We played well but didn’t have good combination in the second half, especially following Felix Badenrhorst’s injury.
“I am crossing my fingers that Felix and Mxolisi Lukhele recover in time for the return match.
“I believe we can do well in Nigeria considering our good away record. We are not going there as tourists but we are going to fight,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Sihlangu delegation will arrive in Port Harcourt this morning aboard an Arik Air flight, officials of the team have said.
Sihlangu delegation departed from Swaziland yesterday and travel from Johannesburg to arrive Nigeria this morning. The delegation is made up of 18 players and 10 officials.