A case of Shakes, rattle and roll for Swaziland

Sello Rabothata

Sello Rabothata

Football in Swaziland has moved up a gear since the arrival of Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba as national head coach of Isihlangu.

Mashaba has brought a buzz to the tiny kingdom that has pepped up the local Premier League as players give their all in order to impress the new mentor.

The result is a better and more competitive league which is sure to bring the spectators back to the stadiums.

Just last weekend football fans witnessed a derby not to be forgotten when Mbabane Swallows locked horns with Mbabane Highlanders in a no-holds-barred league encounter.

The Birds won that one 2-1.

This is one of the games that will feature among the highlights of the African Soccer Television show that airs on SABC1 Sport's Laduma programme on Sundays.

Other highs include the jostle to be the best of the top eight teams in different countries and leagues.

In the Mountain Kingdom the 2008 MGC Super 8 final saw Lesotho Correctional Services being crowned champions after a 5-4 penalties win over an obdurate Linare.

The game had ended 0-0 in regulation and extra time.

The battle for the same honours begun in Zambia with Zanaco edging Green Buffaloes 1-0 in a tight quarterfinal played before a highly appreciative crowd.

The 2008 CAF Confederation Cup is still in full swing and the past weekend saw Club Sportif Sfaxien beat Haras El Hedoud 1-0 in Group A and Al-Marreekh register a 2-0 win over ES de Sahel in Group B.