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Last Updated: Monday, 12 April, 2004, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Mahlalela back in charge
Mandla Dlamini
Dlamini replaced Mahlalela only to resign a few weeks later
Dumisa Mahlalela, who lost his job as Swaziland coach after allegedly attempting to commit suicide, is now back in charge of the kingdom's national team.

Swaziland National Football Association officials have confirmed the re-appointment of the diminutive coach almost 18 months after dumping him.

Mahlalela was removed in December 2002, after two years at the helm, as officials said he was suffering from depression and had attempted to commit suicide.

It was a surprising turn of events for Mahlalela, who had guided lowly-ranked Swaziland to victory over Libya and a draw with Botswana in their opening two qualifiers for the 2004 Nations Cup finals.

He was replaced two months later, in February last year, by his assistant Mandla Dlamini. Dlamini then resigned and was replaced in October by the veteran German coach Werner Bickelhaupt.

But the eccentric Bickelhaupt was shown the exit door after Swaziland lost to the Cape Verde Islands in the preliminaries of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

Mahlalela had first been Swaziland's coach for three matches in 1992 and 1993. He then had a 24-month spell from 2000 when he put together an impressive record of seven wins, eight draws and nine defeats in 24 games.

Mahlalela bounced back onto the Swazi football scene last year as coach of Young Buffaloes, for whom he will continue to work.

Swaziland's only international commitments for the next two years are in southern Africa's annual championship, the Cosafa Cup.

They are due to play in the quarter-finals of later this year after receiving a bye from first round action, which concludes next month.


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