All set for Mpumalanga soccer fiesta …as Mbabane Swallows pull out

Transversal

All roads lead to KaNyamazane Stadium on Sunday as the inaugural Mpumalanga Transversal Cup (MTC) takes off.

The one day invitational tournament will be parading three NFD sides, namely Jomo Cosmos, University of Pretoria and ABC Motsepe League side, Acornbush United FC.

Swazi top dogs, Mbabane Swallows were initially expected to grace the tourney, but have since pulled out paving the way for AmaTuks.

University of Pretoria (AmaTuks) are billed to flag off the tournament when they lock horns with Mbombela United in the first semi-final at 10h00.

In the second semi-final kicking off at 12h00, Mpumalanga ABC side, Acornbush United confront Jomo Cosmos for a place in the final.

The winners of both matches will clash in the final at 15:00.

Interestingly, a former Jomo Cosmos assistant coach, McDonald “Bambino” Makhubedu, will be leading Acornbush from the bench against his mentor, Jomo Sono.

The well-travelled Makhubedu, worked briefly with Ezenkosi during the 2012/13 season.

“Bra J is like a father to me. I’m what I’m are today because of him. But on Sunday I will put aside that fatherhood respect for 90 minutes,” Makhubed told mpumalanganews.co.za.

“It will be nice for me as a student of his to show him what he had taught me by beating him,” he added.

On his part, Cosmos owner and Head Coach, Jomo Sono, said his team would use the tournament as a stepping stone to build a strong team to compete in the NFD.

“People from Mpumalanga must expect a very different Cosmos to the one they saw last season in the PSL. We were relegated from the PSL in the last seven minutes of the last match. We were shocked but we have since recovered.

“We got rid of all the players who we thought were no longer good enough and recruited new ones. This team we have assembled this season is better than the previous one,” stated Sono.

Tickets for the matches will be available at the gates for R30 per head.

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