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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.

The football family and its stakeholders are currently mourning the passing on of Mr. Philip Dlamini, popularly known as “Big Daddy”, who was a member of the National Football Association of Swaziland’s (NFAS’s Executive Committee. It is for this reason that a ‘Moment of Silence’ in his remembrance is expected to be observed in all football matches of this forthcoming weekend (7th /8th April). All stakeholders of football are advised to take note of this action.

A memorial service will be hosted at John Wesley Primary School in Mbabane on Friday, 6th April 2018, starting at 1400hrs (2:00 pm). He will be laid to rest at Empatheni, Hlathikulu on Sunday, 8th April 2018 at 0400hrs (4:00 am) after a night vigil starting in the evening on Saturday, 7th April 2018.

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) issues a statement on the issues currently taking place in women football Pursuant to  a  meeting of  the  Executive  Committee with  six  (6) women football  clubs (Royal Leopards Ladies; Siteki Ladies; Mbekelweni Ladies; Lobamba Highlanders Ladies; Southern Divas; and Shiselweni Roses) at Sigwaca House on the 15th March 2018; the Executive Committee met to discuss  all  the  issues  presented  by  the  women  football  clubs in  question,  in  particular, their concerns around the events currently taking place at the Women Football Association. In this regard the Executive Committee hereby states the following:

  • The Executive Committee have noted all the submissions and discussions made at the above stated meeting  and  is  of  the  view  that  the  same  matters  presented  in  the  meeting  had already been advanced at the High Court of the Kingdom of Swaziland wherein the six (6) women  football  clubs  were  cited  as  applicants, with  the  NFAS  as  respondents; to  which responses  were  advanced  by  the  NFAS,  as  respondents in  the    The High Court dismissed the matter with costs.

 

  • The Executive Committee further noted that the women football clubs again referred the matter to  Court  undercover  yet in another  Certificate  of  Urgency;  a  matter  which  was eventually struck-off the roll. This was after the High Court determined that investigations be executed following a much publicized Court Order which was purported to have been in the possession of the women football clubs. Significant to note even at this instance, is that the  NFAS was  cited  as  respondents  in  the  matter  together  with  the  Women  Football Association (WFA). To this date, the results of the investigations are not known or have not been communicated to parties in the matter.

 

  • The Executive Committee, on the highlight of these significant and legal developments, as above articulated,  whilst  the  matter  of  the  investigations  is  still  being  addressed  by  the court,  wherein,  too,  the  NFAS  was  cited as  respondents  and  pending  the  results  of  the investigations, for the sake of appropriate order, the NFAS cannot deal with the matter, the matter being sub judicae.

 

  • The concluding position of the NFAS on this matter therefore, is that whilst the matter is being addressed,  pending  the  results  of  the  investigations  by  the  High  Court,  and  for  the continuance  of  football, the  six  (6) women  football  clubs (above  stated)  are advised  and directed  to  immediately  go  back  and  participate  in  women  football  clubs’  competitions under the auspices of the WFA.

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has extended a special tribute and momentous gratitude to His Majesty The King Mswati III together with the Royal Family for gracing the 3rd Finals of the Ingwenyama SMVAF Cup. The NFAS highlighted its humbleness by His Majesty’s attendance and patronage. “The blending of football and culture accords this competition great mileage; particularly its uniqueness; which plays a great role in marketing the sport and culture of the country”; the statement read.

The NFAS also stated that this tournament has laid a solid foundation in celebrating His Majesty’s 50th Birthday and the same number of years since gaining independence. In addition, the football association extended its appreciation to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, his Cabinet and Civil Service, Members of both Houses of Parliament, Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF), Football family, Invited guests, Fans and the Media for being part of this historic event. “This stakeholders played a pivotal role in making this event to be the glamour and success witnessed”; the statement read. The NFAS urges the nation to always remember and implement the messages that the sponsor (SMVAF) communicated through this competition; as by so doing, the nation’s safety on the roads will be assured.

In conclusion, the football association congratulated the champions of both the football and cultural categories at stake in this competition and also recognized the efforts of the other finalists, various participating football clubs at the earlier stage, all of whom were competitive thereby enhancing our football brand. The organizing committee of the tournament was also acknowledged as it presented a well- coordinated tournament from the opening to the very last day of the competition. “Once again, the football family remains greatly indebted to the Patronage of His Majesty The King Mswati III; Bayethe Wena WaPhakathi

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