Sihlangu of Swaziland head coach, Harries 'Madze' Bulunga, and captain Tony ‘TT’ Tsabedze are confident ahead of their Tuesday's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier second leg match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Port Harcourt.
Sihlangu's confidence buoyed after they fought gallantly in the first leg to hold a technically superior Super Eagles to a goalless draw at the Somhlolo National Stadium.on Friday night.
While reviewing the team's performance at home against Nigeria, Bulunga hailed his team's performance despite recording an injury setback in the match. He expressed firm optimism that Sihlangu will come better in the second leg on Tuesday.
“We played well but didn’t have good combination in the second half especially following Felix Badenrhorst’s injury, which affected us as he combined well with Sabelo ‘ ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa .This killed the momentum as Sikhali could not click well with Sandile Hlatshwayo,” Swazi Observer quoted Bulunga as saying after Friday'smatch.
And Bulunga previewed the return leg clash in Port Harcourt: “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.
At Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Tuesday, Sihlangu Captain Tony ‘TT’ Tsabedze will expect the team to uncork the same formula that made life difficult for the Super Eagles in Somhlolo.
“We were up against professionals who are technically smarter than us despite that we were playing at home. The plan was not to go overboard but to contain them and get them on a counter. We executed the game plan well hence the good result," Tsabedze said of Sihlangu’s strategy.
For Sihlangu midfelder Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu, it's going to be fight to the finish in Port Harcour.
“We were nervous but pulled ourselves together and gave our best. We played very well today as a team and managed to hold them to a draw which is not a bad result. It is not going to be easy but we are hoping to get a good result in Nigeria,” Ndlovu said.