Swaziland soared to the top of Group B at the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup after an emphatic 4-0 victory over Seychelles at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Monday.
The win, coupled with a 0-0 draw between Zimbabwe and Madagascar, means Swaziland top the pool on goal-difference from the Malagasy.
Felix Badenhorst followed up his brace in Swaziland’s opener with another two goals against Seychelles to move to the top of the scorers charts at the COSAFA Castle Cup.
His first on 14 minutes saw him neatly tuck the ball away with his left-boot after a low cross from the left, before he rammed the ball home from close range for his second 10 minutes before the break.
Swaziland should have been further ahead as they attacked in waves, but went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Both their goals in the second half were crackers. First Njubulo Ndlovo crashed the ball home from 30-yards and then with virtually the last kick of the game, Wonder Nhleko converted a free-kick.
Zimbabwe had a hatful of chances to bury Madagascar but their misfiring strike-force could not find a vital goal.
It leaves their qualification for the quarterfinals hanging by a thread going into Wednesday’s final round of matches in the pool.
Zimbabwe need to beat Swaziland by five clear goals and hope Madagascar and Swaziland play to a draw in their final match if they are to reach the knockout stages, where Zambia await the winners of this pool.
Meanwhile, Tuesday sees Group B return to action as Lesotho and Malawi seek to take charge of their group. Both were 3-0 winners in the opening round of matches on Sunday and will expect further victories.
Lesotho dispatched Mauritius in their last game and this time cup against the youthful Angola side, which is packed with talent but lacks experience.
Malawi take on Mauritius, who were very disappointing in their opener, with red-hot striker Gabadinho Mhango seeking to add to his hat-trick from the weekend.