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The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) President Mr adam Mthethwa has wished Mbbabane Swallows FC good luck for their second leg match agains Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia. The Tunisian side won the first leg encounter of the Group D TOTAL CAF Champions League match against the local side. This match was played last Tuesday at the Mavuso Sports Centre. “I have confidence in Mbabane Swallows FC that they can redeem themselves against the Tunisian team and come back home with a good result, thus good luck to them”; Mthethwa said. These two sides are scheduled to meet in Tunisia on Friday, 27th July 2017 and the local team is expected back home on Sunday, 29th July 2018.

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Adam Mthethwa officially closed the FIFA MA Youth Coaching Course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This event witnessed 25 participants also being awarded with certificates by the EFA President.

When addressing the participants, the President highlighted the importance of the youth coaches in the development of football. “Youth coaches are very important in the development of football as they develop future players”; Mthethwa said. As EFA’s core business is about the development of football in the country, President stated that it is for that reason that whatever the football association does is for the benefit of the clubs and players. He concluded by acknowledging the participants for their commitment in enhancing the development of football.

The National U17 National Team that is currently doing international duty in Mauritius in the U17 COSAFA Championships won their opening match against Zimbabwe in amatch that was played at the Auguste Vollaire Stadium. In this match, a total of five (5) goals were scored with the local side winning 3-2. The goals were scored by the player of the match Bandile Shabangu who scored a brace and Langelihle Dlamini. The second match for the U17 National Team will be played on Monday, 23rd July 2018 at the St. Francois Xavier Stadium and kick-off is at 1300hrs Eswatini local time.

The FIFA Instructor Serama Lestoaka has stressed the importance of watering the roots not the leaves in as far as football development is concerned. It is for this fact that he acknowledged the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) efforts in the development of football from the grassroots stage as the youth is the future of the beautiful game. “It is vital that you water the roots not the leaves as the youth are the future players; thus this course will bear fruits for the country”; Lestoaka said. He was also certain that the participants will grow in the game after this course as the content and practicals of this course were relevant.

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) is currently hosting a FIFA MA Youth Coaching Course at the Technical centre in Lobamba. The FIFA Instructor for this course is Serama Lestoaka from the Republic of South Africa who is currently based in Botswana where he is the Technical Director. This course is attended by twenty-five (25) participants.

During the opening ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Frederick Mngomezulu acknowledged FIFA for granting EFA the rights of hosting this important course. “Let me acknowledge FIFA for granting EFA the rights of hosting this course as it is important for the development of football in the country”; Mngomezulu said. He also stated that, development is what will improve the standard of the game in the country.

The FIFA instructor acknowledged EFA for the good hospitality since his arrival and also the participants for availing themselves for this course as by doing so; they have showed some great effort in improving the standard of football in the country. He also assured the participants that he will share as much information as possible to them as it is very important for the development of football.

One female participant who is Philile Dlamini acknowledged both FIFA and EFA for facilitating this course and urged more females to be involved in football as it is a sport for everyone. “I would like to acknowledge FIFA and EFA for this course and also urge more females to be involved in football as it is a sport that is open to all people without considering gender”; Dlamini said.

The annual BuildIt National Championships kicked off at a high note on Saturday at the Killerny Stadium in Piggs Peak. This event was witnessed by Eswatini Football Association of Swaziland’s (EFA’s)Technical Director Bhekisisa Mkhonta; Sihlangu SeMnikati’s Head Coach Anthony Mdluli and BuildIt Manager Khanya Ndlovu just to mention but a few.

Football development was the ultimate winner as the youngsters showcased their talent in a very competitive manner. The champions of the Piggs Peak store event were Ntfonjeni Youngsters FC after winning against Lomshiyo FC by 3-0. The best player of the day was Sizwe Nkambule who played for the champions. This future of this player looks promising when considering his football artistry and it is possible for him to follow in the footsteps of his role models who are Brazilian player Neymar Jr. and Tony “TT” Tsabedze. “My best international player is Brazillian Neynar Jr. and locally I like Tony Tsabedze”, Nkambule said. The next store event will be at Buhleni.

The national U17 head coach, Velekhaya Mthethwa is happy with the preparations of the national team thus far as the players are responding very well at training. The U17 National Team is preparing for the COSAFA U17 competition to be held in Mauritius as from the 19th -29th July 2018. When interviewed, he stated that the players are eager to play for the national team as they look hungry to compete. “The players look hungry to play for the national team as they are gaining in confidence”; Mthethwa said. When quizzed about his main focus so far at training; he said that as a technical team; they were mainly focusing on the player’s physical fitness and combinations. “We are mainly focusing on the physical fitness of the players and combination”; he said.

The football association has changed its name to Eswatini Football Association (EFA). This change comes after His Majesty King Mswati The III announced the change of name for the country from being called Swaziland to Eswatini during the 50/50 Double Celebration held on the 19th April 2018 at the Mavuso Sports Centre.

This new name was unveiled by the President of the EFA,Mr. Adam Mthethwa during the Oerdinary General Assemble of the EFA that was held on Sunday, 1st July 2018 at Sibane Hotel. “Due to the change of name of the country by His Majesty The King Mswati III, the Executive Committee of the football association has come up with a new name for the local football federation, and the name is Eswatini Football Association”; Mthethwa said. This proposed name was also accepted by the other delegates.

The late Philip Dlamini’s position at the Executive Committee of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has been taken by Thulani Mavuso who is also an instructor of the organisation. Mavuso is also a former Secretary of the Hhohho Regional Football Association. Mavuso was voted to this position ahead of 4 other nominees who were Cindy Dludlu, Thulani Mavuso, Peter Magagula, Johannes Siboza and Jerry Gamedze who was removed from the ballot papers as he was absent.

The made the competing nominees to be 4 in number and after the first round of the elections with votes coming from the delegates of the EFA, Cindy Dludlu got 4 votes, Thulani Mavuso got 17 votes, Peter Magagula got 14 votes and Johannes Siboza got 10 votes. This outcome resulted to Cindy Dludlu being eliminated. The second round resulted in Thulani Mavuso getting 22 votes, Johannes Siboza getting 12 votes and Peter Magagula getting 11 votes. Magagula was eliminated in this round. The final round was between Thulani Mavuso and Johannes Siboza; with the former getting 26 votes and the latter getting 19 votes. This outcome confirmed Mavuso as the winner thus adopting the status of being an Executive Member of the EFA.   

The 50/50 SPTC Charity Cup has been officially launched at the Mavuso Exhibition Centre in Manzini. The Honourable Minister Owen Nxumalo who was representing the Honourable Prime Minister was the guest speaker of this event. In his speech, he acknowledged SPTC for her effort over the years in as far as uplifting the lives of the underprivileged community and also developing football in the country. This year’s sponsorship is E2, 722 500.00. “The sponsorship package for the 50/50 SPTC Charity Cup Competition is E2, 722 500.00”; Nxumalo said.

When reacting to this sponsorship, the football family through the Vice President of the NFAS Peter Simelane expressed its sincere gratitude to the sponsor as this competition allows football teams to show case their new players for the start of the new football season and also for the charitable work that forms part of this competition. “We acknowledge SPTC for her support to football over the years and this competition provide a perfect platform for football teams to showcase their new players for the new season whilst at the same time it promotes the spirit of charity in the country”; Simelane said.

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