Swaziland recall veteran for Ghana clash

Published on: 17 August 2010

Veteran Swazi international midfielder Dennis ‘Yuki’ Masina has been recalled to the national team to help them defeat Ghana in their African Cup of Nations qualifier next month.

Masina has responded by declaring that he is ready to feature for Sihlangu in the tough game against the World Cup quarter finalists to be played at Somhlolo National Stadium. The veteran Masina, who is on the verge of being off-loaded by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, has been recalled to the national squad after being left out of the tentative list that has been in camp for the past four weeks as they prepare to face the Black Stars. Masina has been in contact with the National Football Association (FA) over his return to Sihlangu. "It’s true, there has been contact with the National Football Association of Swaziland with regards to my returning to the national team," Masina said. "I have always maintained that I will not let down my country and will be available for the match against Ghana in September."

Masina believes Sihlangu can beat the star-studded Ghanaian team that reached the quarter-final of recent FIFA World Cup staged in South Africa recently.

He points out that all the pressure would be on the ‘Black Stars’ as they are viewed as favourites to win the game.

"We have nothing to lose in that game and they will be under pressure to continue with the same performance they displayed during the World Cup,” Masina revealed. Masina reminded fans of the famous 2-1 victory attained by the local squad against the tough-as-a-teak Togo during the 2010 World Cup/AFCON qualifiers about two years ago at Somhlolo Stadium.

He warned that such result bore testimony of the country’s capabilities to cause major upsets.

"We went in as underdogs when we played Togo in our last AFCON qualifier, but we beat them. It is good that this time again, we will be seen as underdogs when we face Ghana. They are a good team but we will give our best shot as it will be on our home ground." Sihlangu play Ghana in less than three weeks and the locals were narrowly beaten 2-1 by the ‘Black Mambas of Mozambique in an international friendly match played at Machava Stadium in Maputo last Wednesday.

The squad is expected to resume full-time camp for this game next week as players were released after the Mozambique game.


  • Abrantie - Swaziland in panic.
    says: 9 years ago
    Whether yuki or no yuki, Ghana go win!!
  • Rexford Osei Kwaku
    says: 9 years ago
    there is no course for alarm,Ghana will win this match for sure.
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    Him name saf be funny!
    says: 9 years ago
    we will see.
  • alex
    says: 9 years ago
    Good player are always considered first,what diffirence can he bring?
  • Nosy
    says: 9 years ago
    4:0 to the winning team.
  • Kenneth County
    says: 9 years ago
    Well, it is all well and good predicting success for the Black Stars hands down. But it is certainly not going to be an easy match for Ghana. They may be minnows but they have been in camp since mid July. It shows how keen they are to cause an upset and claim a big scalp as South Africa did last week. On the hand Milo will only have his full squad at most 5 DAYS before the match. Whether that will be enough preparation remains to be seen. So it is important we call our big guns for this game so that we don't get shocked.
    says: 9 years ago
  • laconzy
    says: 9 years ago
  • Luis Suarez.
    says: 9 years ago
    na ghana saf wat be ur own.swaziland can end da jolly ride if u think they will be push overs.Ghana is not learning from da loss to benjani's zimbabwe in 2006 and da very slim 1-0 win against namibia in 2008.
  • Sony
    says: 9 years ago