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The Senior National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) left the country on Thursday, 23rd May, 2018 for Kenya to play an international friendly match against the Harambe Stars of Kenya. This international friendly match is scheduled for Friday, 25th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. This match is part of Sihlangu’s preparations for the upcoming COSAFA Castle Cup competition.

Present during the farewell function of Sihlangu was the Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs; Minister David Ngcamphalala, NFAS President; Senator Adam Mthethwa, NFAS CEO, Frederick Mngomezulu and Howard Gayle who is a Liverpool FC legend just to mention but a few.

As part of his remarks, the Honourable Minister, assured the Head Coach of the national team; Anthony Mdluli and the national team as a whole that His Majesty’s Government is fully behind Sihlangu SeMnikati. “As His Majesty’s Government, we will support the Head Coach and the national team as a whole and we would like to urge the nation to also do likewise”, the Honourable Minister said. He also pleaded with the private sector to invest in the national team as with more resources, the national team will be in a better position to get positive results.

The Pick’n Pay brand has dressed up all the primary schools that will participate in the U15 Primary Schools with soccer kits. These schools were nominated by the Pick’n Pay customers during the in-stores promotions that were held as from the 20th March- 6th May 2018. This event was held at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane.

When addressing the gathering the Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Minister David Ngcamphalala acknowledged Pick’n Pay for supporting football development in the country as by so doing, the future of the sport will stay good. “Thank you Pick’n Pay for your support towards football development as the future of the sport is good through companies like you”, he said. He also urged the sponsor to spread such initiatives to the rest of the country. Finally, he pleaded with the nation to support Pick’n Pay.

The Vice President of the NFAS, Dr. Comfort Shongwe also thanked the sponsor for partnering with the NFAS in developing football in the country. “As the NFAS, we thank Pick’n Pay for enhancing the development of football in the countryas this is also driving His Majesty King Mswati III’s vision 2022”, he said.

The 84 schools are scheduled to play in the preliminary round this coming Saturday, 26th May 2018 at the Ezulwini and UNISWA sports grounds respectively. All the winners on the day will be part of the main competitions which are scheduled for the 2nd and 9th June 2018.

The Senior National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) players took their time off the playing field and headed for The Gables in Ezulwini to register for the upcoming elections. The nation’s pride is currently in a full time training camp in preparations for the upcoming COSAFA Castle Cup competition. All the players and the technical bench was part of this significant national exercise. The national team captain, Tony Tsabedze urged the nation to participate in this important exercise in the country. “I am happy that I have registered for the upcoming election and I urge the nation to also register”, said the skipper. The national team is scheduled to leave the country for the COSAFA Castle Cup on Thursday, 31st, May 2018

The Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach, Anthony Mdluli has named his tentative squad in preparations for the upcoming COSAFA Castle Cup Competition in Limpompo, South Africa. Sihlangu is currently in a full time training camp at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This list is expected to reduce to 20 players on the 30th May as the national team is scheduled to leave for Limpompo on the following day. The players in the tentative squad are as follows:

Goalkeepers

Sandanezwe Mathabela, Nhlanhla Gwebu and Phephisani Msibi

Defenders

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

Midfielders

Mandla Palma, Menzi Simelane, Sihlangu Mkhwanazi, Zweli Nxumalo, Tony Tsabedze and Njabulo Ndlovu.

Strikers

Wonder Nhleko, Phiwa Dlamini, Barry Stenkamp, Sifiso Mazibuko, Musa Dlamini, Xolani Sibandze, Felix Bendenhorst, Fganelo Order Mamba and Bonginkosi Dlamini.

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) hereby extends a special tribute and momentous gratitude to His Majesty King Mswati III together with the Royal Household for gracing the 15th edition of the Swazi Bank Cup Finals. As football association and family, we are humbled by His Majesty’s attendance. The presence of His Majesty gave this event the glamour and Royal extravagance.

Further appreciation goes to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, his Cabinet and Civil service, Members of both Houses of Parliament, Swazi Bank, Football family, invited guest, Fans and the Media for being part of this historic event. They are also the principal reason the whole event was a success as football was the ultimate winner. The different fan engagement initiatives and other marketing strategies that revolved around this competition were a good indication that indeed Swazi Bank is a Bank with a Heart. It is for this matter that the NFAS urges the nation to continue supporting this bank as it has already shown its everlasting commitment in uplifting the economy of the country.

Finally; the NFAS would like to congratulate all the six (6) teams that made it to the final day which was a first to have all three categories (Men, Women and U20 competitions ); and Young Buffaloes FC for their triumphs. Also, additional congratulations go to the other football teams who competed in this tournament as they added a lot of value in the competitiveness of this competition. None of such could have been actualized without the sponsor, Swazi Bank and the Swazi Bank Organizing Committee who presented a well- coordinated competition from its launch to the very end of this edition. The football family remains greatly indebted to Swazi Bank.

On another note, the NFAS would like to acknowledge Mbabane Swallows FC for getting a crucial away point against Zesco FC in Ndola, Zambia on Saturday during their opening group stages match in the TOTAL CAF Champions League match against the Zambian side. Swallows, however, still needs to put more effort in their next home matches for them to be in a position for the knockout stage of the competition. It is for this reason that the NFAS pleads with the nation especially the corporate world to support the team as it continues with their participation in the CAF Champions League, the premier cup of the confederation. The next match for Mbabane Swallows FC is scheduled for Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at the Mavuso Sports Centre and kick off is at 1500hrs (3:00 pm). 

The NFAS has issued out a notice to all its Members with reference to the 2018 OGA to be held on Sunday, 1st July 2018 at a venue and time yet to be confirmed. It is expected that proposals to this OGM must have been submitted to the NFAS Secretariat by the 1st June 2018. During this meeting, each Member of the NFAS is expected to have a maximum of six (6) delegates. These Members are; the Premier league of Swaziland (PLS), the four (4) Regional Associations, the Referees Association, the Coaches Association, and the Women Football Association.

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) will on Saturday, 5th May, 2018 host a workshop for its members. This workshop will focus on the NFAS Statutes; and it will be held at Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini. The target audience for this workshop are the delegates to the NFAS Ordinary General Assembly (OGA) in compliance with the NFAS statutes.

Following the Launch of the U13 BuildIt National Championships last Wednesday, 4th April 2018 at Sigwaca House all roads lead to the National Championships this Saturday, 14th April 2018 at the Somhlolo National Stadium. This is a football development programme that the NFAS and BuildIt have been implementing for the past eleven (11) years, which has grown and produced a number of accomplished players that are and have graced our national teams over the years.

This Saturday’s event which acts as a climax of this football development programme; come after the store events in-which the best players were selected by qualified coaches to form pick teams that will participate on the day. A total of eight (8) teams will battle it out for the national championships which promise to be an excellent grassroots football event. The Ministry of sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, including senior government officials, football officials and BuildIt officials are expected to grace this event. The day’s activities will kick-off with a short march at 7:00 am from the Somhlolo National Stadium up to Emashibhini area in Lobamba and back to the national stadium. The Football family, BuildIt family, Parents, Public, other Stakeholders and the Media are cordially invited to this event which has already been planned and prepared to be a family day.

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati has been invited to play as part of the 50/50 Double Celebration. This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS). “As had earlier been alluded to when communication the immediate programme of Sihlangu SeMnikati, the national team has been invited to play as part of the 50/50 Double Celebration; an invitation which the NFAS accepted”; the CEO said. The NFAS has started making arrangements for this international match as contacts with possible opposition has already started and once identified; the opponent will be presented to the 50/50 celebrations authorities who will then communicate this information with the rest of the 50/50 celebratory programme.

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