Football fanatics should brace themselves for an exciting Swazibank challenge this year as 12 Premier League giants made it to the last 16 exept for relagation threatened Red Lions who lost to Hhohho Super League’s Zibonele Vultures , and Tambuti FC are yet to decide their fate when they face City Warriors from the Lubombo Super League on the 28 February 2018, 1830hrs at the Malayuka Stadium. A total 14 goals netted on the ”UYAYIFUNA NA?” grand opening at somhlolo national stadium.

First game saw Moyeni united suffer a 5-1 defeat from Mbabane Highlanders, in which highlanders coach Professor Ngubane lamented that it was indeed a tough challenge yet they managed to win and is very reluctant to continue winning and go as far as he can on the competition while Mandla Shabalala of Moyeni united said the game was more of a lesson to the club and will do much better next competition.

Being hard to beat was a priority for the national first division sides on the grand opening matches, if not in possession and attacking, defending was the norm. This saw log leaders and all competition winners having hard time in defeating Milling Hot Spurs in a game that finnally saw Mbabane Swallows winning by 3-0. Advancing to the last 16 brings back sad memories for Mbabane Swallows as it is the very same stage that they were knocked of by thee vibrant Matsapha United on the 14th edition of the Swazibank cup last year.
The last match was between Hlathikhulu Tycoons and Young Baffaloes, where buffs proved to be indeed the defending champions by securing a space on the last 16 in a dramatic win over the Shiselweni, first division side. Young Baffaloes had the upper hand on the drizzling weather as they thrashed Hlathikhulu Tycoon 5-0.