Visiting MC Alger of Algeria clinched a vital away point from Mbabane Swallows as goals dried out in their Group B Day three encounter on Friday at a packed Somhlolo National Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Though the Swazi giants remained unbeaten in five continental ties in this edition, the result was more of a loss of two crucial home points as they sought to continue writing their celebrated run.
The harder the home side tried to probe the visitors the more they vulnerably opened their defense and their usually siege at the dearth that sank Orapa United (Botswana), Azam (Tanzania), AC Leopards (Congo) and Platinum Stars (South Africa) came to naught.
Even their hard scoring marksman, Sabelo Ndzinisa who pumped four past South Africa’s Platinum Stars in the previous fixture found himself playing deep as he searched for clean ball supplies.
Swallows coach Thabo Koki Vilakati lamented the dropped points blaming it on the lack creativity in their attacking transition as they dearly missed the services of suspended influential captain, Tony Thulani Tsabedze.
“We are disappointed we dropped points but it not over for us as we now have to fight for points on the road. I was so much worried about my backline but my two new boys Siyabonga Mdluli and Siphamandla Mathenjwa did well. The honest truth is our opponents parked the bus, it’s a game of football,” Vilakati said.
However, MC Alger coach, Kamel Mouassa said “we didn’t park the bus; we equally wanted all the three points just like Mbabane Swallows. Unfortunately, the pitch didn’t suit our play thus I am disappointed we dropped points in this particular match”.
For the second successive group match, Somhlolo National Stadium’s seams were almost burst with over 12000 fans paying heed to Swazi Mobile’s kind gesture of pouring almost $50000 for the purchase of 10000 tickets.