Dikwena End Confed Cup Campaign Winless Despite Ng'ambi's Heroics
CAF Confederation Cup Report: Platinum Stars v Mbabane Swallows 08 July 2017
CAF Confederation Cup
Result: Platinum Stars 2-2 Mbabane Swallows
Date: 08 July 2017
Venue: Moruleng Stadium
Platinum Stars ended their CAF Confederation Cup group stage campaign with a draw, as they came back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Mbabane Swallows.
Dikwena goalkeeper, Steven Hoffman was called into action inside the opening 10 minutes, as he produced a good save to keep out Njabulo Ndlovu's stinging effort.
Swallows then took the lead in the 20th minute when Wonder Nhleko's free-kick took a deflection off Sibusiso Msomi and sailed into the far corner with Hoffman stranded, 0-1.
The hosts started to settle after the 30 minute-mark, and looked threatening down the left flank with Gift Links, although they failed to carve out chances.
Stars ended the half the stronger of the two sides, but they were unable to test Mounana shot-stopper, Sandile Ginindza throughout the opening stanza.
10 minutes into the second half, Dikwena nearly leveled matters but Ginindza produced a fine save to keep out Khunou's effort from distance.
However, Swallows doubled their lead in the 69th minute Sabelo Ndzinisa rose above Sphamandla Mlilo and sent a fine header past Hoffman.
Stars did pull a goal back in the 79th minute when Robert Ng'ambi poked home from six-yards out at the near post, 1-2.
Abia Nale then went agonisingly close to leveling matters three minutes later when he rattled the upright from the edge of the box.
Dikwena were not to be denied in the 86th minute as un-marked Ng'ambi headed into the far corner from six-yards for his second of the game.
The home side pushed for a winner in the closing stages but Ng'ambi was denied a hat-trick after his glancing header struck the upright, while Hoffman produced a superb save at the other end to ensure the match ended 2-2.
Here's how they lined up:
Stars: Stars: Hoffman, Mere, Mlilo, Mnguni, Lesabane (Nale 63'), Mathe, Msomi, Khounou (Senne 74'), Links, Ng'ambi.