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The President of the NFAS has stated the reason behind the football association’s reason to vote for the Morocco bid rather than the United Bid during the voting process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosts. This was after some harsh critics on why the NFAS voted for the former. “The Morocco bid was an African bid, thus as Africans we had to stick to our own”; Mthethwa said. He also highlighted that it was not the NFAS alone from the African continent that did so, as there were other African countries that did so in support of the African bid. The United bid was the eventual winner of hosting the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngcamphalala officially closed the FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course that was held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Also present during this event was the Vice President of the NFAS Peter Simelane and the FIFA Instructor Kar Molouche.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minister acknowledged FIFA and the NFAS for their effort in developing football in the country. “His Majesty’s Government acknowledged both FIFA and the NFAS for their effort in the development of football in the country”, Ngamphalala said. The Honourable Minister also urged the participants of this course to spread the gospel about the culture of being physically fit more especially to the young players as player development is very essential for the future of the beautiful game. “We are looking forward to a positive impact of this course in football and we urge you coaches to spread the gospel about the physical fitness culture more especially at grassroots level as this is where the future of the beautiful game is based”, Ngamphalala stated. In conclusion he urged the participants to produce quality players that will meet the physical fitness demand of a quality player.  

The NFAs Vice President also urged the coaches to implement what they have learnt from this course. “We want to see the benefits of this course this coming football season”, Simelane said. He also told the coaches that the football association will be monitoring their progress as this coming football season progresses. Finally he acknowledged His Majesty’s Government for the continuous support towards football development in the country and also thanked the FIFA instructor for sharing his knowledge and skills to the participants.

In the same event, the FIFA instructor thanked all the stakeholders for making this course a huge success. He also encouraged the coaches not to be afraid in committing mistakes as they will be exposing themselves in learning new things in life. “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes as that is how you learn you things in life”, Molouche said.

The Eswatini MTN and the Premier League of Eswatini have renewed their partnership through football. This was after the mobile telecommunication network provider committed itself to sponsor the elite football league and the National First Division.

This is a 3-year agreement that will commence in the 2018/19 football season. Signing the agreement on behalf of the Eswatini MTN was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ambrose Dlamini whilst signing on behalf of the Premier league of Eswatini was the acting Chairman of the PLS Mark Carmichael. Also present during this historic football event was the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Paul Dlamini, Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngcamphalala and the Vice President of the football association Peter Simelane. This sponsorship is worth E18 Million which implies that each football season will have E6 Million.

When addressing the audience, the DPM acknowledged Eswatini MTN for her continuous support towards the development of football and sports in general in the country. “His Majesty’s Government acknowledges Eswatini MTN for her continuous support towards football development and sports in general as this sponsorship will enhance football development in the country”, Dlamini said.

The Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngcamphalala highlighted that this sponsorship will motivate the football clubs in playing good football. “This sponsorship is a motivation for good football on its own”, Ngcamphalala said.

The E18 Million sponsorship by Eswatini MTN to football through the PLS has bought joy to the football family. This was confirmed by the NFAS Vice President Peter Simelane and Chairman of the PLS Mark Carmichael. The Vice President of the NFAS stated that Eswatini MTN has provided the platform for football growth. “Eswatini MTN has provided a great platform for football growth”, Simelane said. Due to the good investment that the Y’ello family is providing to the football family, he also promised Eswatini MTN that football as a family will support and protect the MTN brand.

On the other hand, the PLS Chairman shared the joy of PLS as a result of this sponsorship and also promised the Y’ello family that the football family will uplift the MTN brand. “As PLS and football family, we are over the moon as a result of this sponsorship and we promise to uplift your brand through football”, Carmichael said. The Chairman also highlighted that such sponsorship enhances club licensing as football is more than just a sport but it’s an industry.

The Eswatini MTN declared the MTN/PLS sponsorship as the flagship sponsorship for the mobile telecommunication network provider. This was stated by the Eswatini CEO Ambrose Dlamini. “This is a prime and flagship sponsorship for Eswatini MTN”, Dlamini said. The mobile telecommunication company has sponsored the upcoming 3-year elite football season. This sponsorship also comes in a year that Eswati MTN is celebrating her 20 years of existence in the Kingdom of Esawtini.

As a reflection of Eswatini MTN’s partnership with the PLS, the CEO highlighted that as an organisation, they are very much excited with the partnership over the years as they have benefited a lot. “We are happy with the partnership over the 15 years as we have benefited a lot”, Dlamini said. In the past 15 years Eswatini MTN has invested over E25 Million.

In conclusion, the CEO also acknowledged the PLS for running the elite football league in a professional manner.

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) on behalf of the entire football intimate in Swaziland has extended its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Langwenya family, relatives, international football family and friends for the shocking demise of Mr. Mangaliso “The General” Langwenya who was an Executive Member of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Chairman of the Lubombo Regional Football Association, Chairman of the Women Football Committee, FIFA and CAF-accredited Match Commissioner and a Member of the COSAFA Referees Committee. "Like the rest of the country and more especially the football fraternity, the NFAS still cannot comprehend his passing on as he was an asset to the beautiful game both locally and at the international arena", said the Vice President of the NFAS Mr. Peter Simelane. The NFAS is also expresses its symbol of solidarity and wishes for the Lord’s comfort and recovery to all affected families, society and establishments from his passing on  said part of the statement read by the Vice President of the NFAS. May his soul, “Rest in Peace”.

The FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course was officially opened by the Vice President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) Mr. Peter Simelane. This event was held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Also present during this occasion was the Representative of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Mr. Mangaliso Simelane, FIFA Instructor Mr. Kari Malouche and the Technical director of the NFAS Mr. Bhekisiasa Mkhonta.

In his opening remarks, Mangaliso Simelane acknowledged the support of FIFA towards football Development in the country. “As the responsible ministry when it comes to sports, we would like to acknowledge FIFA for her continuous support towards football development in the country”, he said. The Vice President on the other hand, officially welcomed the FIFA Instructor and also highlighted the significance of this course. “Let me officially welcome you to the Kingdom of Eswatini for this course as physical fitness is one of the fundamental qualities for a successful player”, he said. The FIFA Instructor thanked the warm welcome and the hospitality that he is currently getting from the NFAS and also thanked FIFA for providing everyone who is involve in this course the opportunity to do so.

He also told the participants that they will benefit from this course as he hope it will be a successful one. “You will benefit from this course as I hope it will be a successful one”, he said.

Gazprom and FIFA has provided a life-time experience for two (2) youth  football players by being part of the Football for Friendship Programme that will be held in Mosco, Russia. This programme will commence on the 9th and end on the 14th of June 2018. The participating children are from the 211 member countries of FIFA. The major purpose of this programme which started in 2013 is to promote the key values of this programme which are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour. The travelling children are Vunokuhle Dube who travel on his capacity as a player of one team that will be competing during this programme whilst Vuyolwethu is travelling on his capacity as a journalist as the is also a role for young journalist as part of this programme as it focuses on the youth. They were chosen from the U13 BuildIt Football Development Programme. These children will be accompanied by the Chairman of the Swaziland National Referees Association Chairman, Simanga Nhleko and Friday Myeni who is the Youth Football Development Officer of the NFAS. They are expected to also witness the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before returning back home on the 16th June 2018.

The NFAS has acknowledged Gazprom and FIFA for the Football for Friendship Programme as it will enhance football development in the country. This was highlighted by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS) Frederick Mngomezulu in a press conference at Sigwaca House in Mbabane. “The NFAS is very acknowledges the Football for Friendship Programme as it will enhance the development of football in the country”, said Mngomezulu. The CEO also expressed that this initiative will present a perfect platform for the children in the sharing of ideas and experiences. “These children will have an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other participants from different countries and backgrounds” the CEO said. Finally he also acknowledged the support from their parents in allowing the NFAS to use their children in this programme and also thanked other parents in general for allowing their children to participate in other football development programme.

The Head Coach of Sihlangu SeMnikati, Anthony Mdluli has named the 20 players for the COSAFA Castle Cup that is currently taking place in Limpompo. The players are as follows:

Goalkeepers

Sandanezwe Mathabela, Nhlanhla Gwebu

Defenders

Banele Dlamini, Siboniso Ngwenya, Siboniso Mamba, Lindo Mkhonta,Wandile Maseko, Sanele Mkhweli.

Midfielders

Mandla Palma, Sihlangu Mkhwanazi, Zweli Nxumalo, Tony Tsabedze, Njabulo Ndlovu

Strikers

Wondor Nhleko, Barry Stenkamp, Sifiso Mazibuko, Musa Dlamini, Xolani Sibandze, Felix Bendenhorst, Bonginkosi Dlamini.

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