The NEDBANK has done it yet again in as far as empowering local football clubs who represents the country in the TOTAL CAF Champions League is concerned. This bank has sponsored local football clubs participating in this competition for the past 10 years. This year’s beneficiaries is Mbabane Swallows FC which received a sponsorship worth E180 000.00. The sponsorship includes a soccer kit and boots just to mention a few. Present during this sponsorship presentation event which took place at the Mountain Inn in Mbabane were the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Honourable Minister David Ngcamphalala; NFAS Vice President and Acting President, Dr. Comfort Shongwe, Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Executive Member, Sicelo Mkhonta and NEDBANK Managing Director (MD) , Ms Fikile Nkosi just to mention a few.
When addressing the audience, the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs acknowledged the bank for this kind gesture as it will motivate Mbabane Swallows FC in the competition. “On behalf of His Majesty’s Government, I would like to acknowledge NEDBANK for this sponsorship as it will motivate the players”, he said. The Honourable Minister also acknowledged Mbabane Swallows FC’s performance in last year’s CAF Confederations Cup competition as it enhanced the country’s confidence. He also challenged the bank to stay in football as its is the best vehicle to market any product. Finally, he urged the team to carry on with the late Director’s vision as he always wanted the best for the Mbabane Swallows and football in general.
The NFAS through the Vice President acknowledged NEDBANK for the sponsorship and also highlighted to the bank that it can market its products using numerous football products. “Thank you NEDBANK for your support and football has a lot of products that you can use in marketing your products”, he said. The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) through its Executive Member, Sicelo Mkhonta also acknowledged the bank for the sponsorship and urged other banks in the country to also sponsor football. Mbabane Swallows FC Through the General Manager, Sandile Zwane; acknowledged the support that the y got from the bank as it will go a very long way in as far as the team is concerned.
The sponsor’s MD thanked football for this partnership over the years, and also encouraged Mbabane Swallows FC to continue working hard more especially as it was their culture during their late Director’s leadership. “Success is through hard work not luck”, she said.