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The Senior Men’s Team has promised a win away from home in Malawi. Sihlangu will face the Flames in Blantyre on Saturday 11th May 2019 at Kamuzu Banda Stadium in Blantyre and the Kick-off is at 1430hrs (2:30 pm), “We promise the nation that we will do our level best to win the match”, said Banele Dlamini the skipper of the national team. The towering defender also assured the nation that as players of Sihlangu they want to represent the country very well and make the country to be well represented in the world of football. His words were echoed by the national team Head Coach; Kostadin  Papic who said that they are going to Malawi to perform and make the country proud and happy. “We will try our level best to perform very well and make the country proud”, said the Serbian born coach. He also highlighted that even though it won’t be an easy game, but they are prepared to fight for the country in the field of play.

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) through the football association’s President , Mr Adam Mthethwa is hopeful that the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) will perform well in Malawi, “As EFA we are hopeful that the national team will perform well in Blantyre, Malawi”, Mthethwa said. The President stated that even though it won’t be an easy match for the lads but as an association they have confidence that the team will score in Malawi which will also increase the chances of advancing to the next round of the competition. A minimum of a score draw will guarantee the national team an encounter against Angola in the next round in July.    

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has extended a special tribute and momentous gratitude to His Majesty The King Mswati III together with the Royal Household for gracing the fifteenth (15th) edition of the Eswatini Bank Cup Finals, which decorated the winners of the 2019 Eswatini Bank Cup Competition. “As football association and family, we are always greatly humbled by His Majesty’s attendance”; said part of the statement sent to the media.

The presence of His Majesty The King Mswati III gave this event the glamour and Royal Extravagance. Even though the game of football has the potential of unifying people; the presence of His Majesty The King Mswati III endorsed the unifying factor of the nation and this added majestic value and ensured the success of this event; read part of the statement from EFA.

“Further appreciation goes to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, his Cabinet and Civil Service, Members of both Houses of Parliament, Chiefs, the Sponsor-Eswatini Bank, the Football Family, invited guests and the media for being part of this historic event. They are also a principle reason the whole event was a success”; the statement read. Indeed “Solo Inje” as this tournament’s slogan goes assured to keep to the standards as it was well executed and football was being played in a good spirit which perfectly endorsed the bank’s slogan of being “ A bank with a Heart”; the statement continued.

Finally the EFA congratulated the Winning Clubs; Young Buffaloes FC for the Grand Prize, Tambuti FC for the U20 championship, and Manzini Wanderers Ladies Team for being champions in the Women’s competition.  None of such a success could have been actualized without the sponsors, Eswatini Bank and the Management Committee of this tournament who presented a well coordinated programme from its inception to the very end of the edition. The football family remains greatly indebted to Eswatini Bank, the statement concluded.

Sihlangu Head Coach has named a 27 men squad for the training camp that will start on Sunday, 5th May 2019. The national team will be preparing for the 2nd leg match against Malawi in the 2020 Total CHAN Qualifiers. The players are as follows:

Msibi Phephisani (Royal Leopards FC), Shabalala Khanyakwezwe (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Mathabela Sandanezwe (Mbabane Swallows FC), Machado Jose (Manzini Wanderers FC), Mkhonta Lindo (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Melusi (Royal Leopards FC), Vilakati Vusi (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Dlamini Machawe (Royal Leopards FC), Mamba Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Banele (Green Mamba FC), Ndaba Ndumiso (Mbabane Swallows FC), Ngwenya Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC), Mkhonto Mxolisi (Green Mamba FC), Nhleko Wandile ( Manzini Sea FC), Tsabedze Muzi (Manzini sea Birsd FC), Matsenjwa Lindani (Young Buffaloes FC), Ndlovu Njabulo (Mbabane Swallows FC), Sithole Menzi (Mbabane Highlanders FC),Shabangu Wandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Manyisa Leon (Vovovo FC), Mamba Fanelo (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Sibonginkosi (Manzini Sundowns FC), Gamedze Sandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Phinda (Green Mamba FC),Ndzinisa Sabelo (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mkhontfo Mthunzi (Green Mamba FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopards FC).

The Senior Men’s National Team’s (Sihlangu) Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has praised his players for their effort after the goalless draw against The Flames of Malawi in the 2020 Chan Qualifier match that was played at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini. This result gave the football fans who attended the match, some hope that the national team can improve this performance and knock –out Malawi in the competition with the second leg to be played on the 11th May 2019.

“This is a better performance for the players when you compare with the previous match of which it is an indication that there is light at the end of the tunnel”; said the Serbian born coach. The national team created a lot of scoring opportunities during this match and were in some cases detecting terms in the more especial in the midfield with some immaculate football artistry from the experienced Njabulo Ndlovu.

According to the head coach, the players were good in the office however they have to work on their confidence that adversely affected their football on the day. “I am a coach who likes to win and this didn’t happen today; however that doesn’t mean the players were not good as they created a lot of scoring opportunities. What I have noticed is that they are lacking in confidence which adversely affected their football”; Papic said.

Sihlangu still have a chance of progressing to the next round of the competition as they need a minimum of a draw with goals which can make the national team to play against Angola in a date to be confirmed by the Confederation of the African Football (CAF).

The U13, U15, U17 and U20 Men’s National Team left the country by road for Durban in Republic of South Africa. These national teams will participate in a tournament that is organised by the Durban Central Football Association, which is a yearly event that is hosted by both associations in a rotational basis as it was hosted by the Eswatini Football Association in 2018.

The delegation included 72 players and 26 officials; of which amongst them are 2 Executive Committee Members who are Mr. Johannes Siboza and Mr. Sikhumbuzo Dlamini. These Executive Members are the Heads of delegations for these national teams.

When addressing them; the Eswatini Football Association President, Mr. Adam Mthethwa highlighted to the lads that they must take this opportunity with both hands as this may be the beginning of bigger things in their lives. “In life you begin somewhere of which such opportunities need to be grabbed with both hands as it may be the start of bigger things in your lives”; Mthethwa said.  He also reminded them to be in good conduct as they will be representing the Eswatini nation at large. This delegation is expected back home on Easter Monday as the football games will commence on Good Friday and end on Sunday.

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has named a 23 men squad for the training camp in preparations of the upcoming Total CHAN Qualifies match against Malawi (The Flames). This training camp will commence on Sunday, 14th April 2019 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. The players are as follows:

Msibi Phephisani (R. Leopards FC), Shabalala Khanyakwezwe (M. Highlanders FC), Mathabela Sandanezwe (M. Swallows FC), Machado Jose (M. Wanderers FC), Mkhonta Lindo (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Melusi (R. Leopards FC), Vilakati Vusi (M. Highlanders FC), Dlamini Machawe (R. Leopards FC), Mamba Siboniso (Y. Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Banele (G. Mamba FC), Ndaba Ndumiso (M. Swallows FC), Ngwenya Siboniso (Y. Buffaloes FC), Mkhonta Mxolisi (G. Mamba FC), Nhleko Wandile (M. Sea Birds FC), Matsenjwa Lindani (Y. Buffaloes FC), Tsabedze Muzi (M. Sea Birds FC), Dlamini Phumlani (M. Sundowns FC), Ndlovu Njabulo (M. Swallows FC), Sithole Menzi (M. Highlanders FC), Shabangu Wandile (Y. Buffaloes FC), Manyisa Leon (Vovovo FC), Mamba Fanelo (Y. Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Sibonginkosi (M. Sundowns FC), Gamedze Sandile (Y. Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Phinda (G.Mamba),Ndzinisa Sabelo (M. Swallows FC), Mkhontfo Mthunzi (G. Mamba FC),Shiba Muhle (M. Sundowns FC).

The Executive Committee of the Eswatini Football association (EFA) has approved the appointment of the following coaches to be part of the technical benches of the various national teams. These coaches are as follows:

Senior Women National Team (Sitsebe)

  • Anthony Mdluli (Head Coach)
  • Fisiwe Hlophe (Assistant Coach)
  • Bongumusa Mdluli (Fitness Coach)
  • Nonhlanhla Shoulder- Massoya (Goalkeeper Coach)

U20 Men National Team

  • Domenic Kunene (Head Coach)
  • Sindiso Gama (Assistant Coach)
  • Njabuliso Simelane (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Sipho Dlamini (Fitness Coach)

U17 Men National Team

  • Gcina Dlamini (Head coach)
  • Sabelo Mnisi( Assistant Coach)
  • Mphikeleli Dlamini (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Mduduzi Nxumalo (Fitness Coach)

U15 Men National Team

  • Sifiso Dlamini (Head coach)
  • Xolani Sigudla (Assistant Coach)
  • Lucky Masuku (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Mduduzi Shongwe (Fitness Coach)

U13 Men National Team

  • Bongani Makhanya (Head Coach)
  • Lwazi Simelane (Assistant Coach)
  • Percy Shongwe (Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Sibusiso Fakudze (Fitness Coach)

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) processed about 40 international transfers through ITMS this past season. Although 98% of the transfers were free, about One Hundred and Twenty Thousand US Dollars ($120 000.00) was made by few clubs. Almost all the transfers did not involve any intermediaries serve for one which involved Alimas BIN Sala who receive a sum of One Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars ($1 500.00) as handing fee.

The Senior Men’s National Team left the country for Tunis to play against Tunisia in the last match of the 2019 TOTAL AFCON Qualifier Match. Sihlangu SeMnikati’s delegation includes 20 players and 9 officials which is headed by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Vice President Dr. Comfort Shongwe. The national team left the country by road and will connect a flight in OR Tambo International Airport and fly via Dubai. Sihlangu is scheduled to arrive in Tunisia on Thursday morning.

When addressing the players; the Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harris Bulunga urged the players to put mor effort in this match as they are representing the country. “You must put more effort in this match as you are not playing for yourselves but representing the country.”; Bulunga said. The Hounarable Minister also reminded the players that Sihlangu is a brand of which good results are very much key in making prospective sponsors to invest in the national team. “Sihlangu is a brand thus good results are very much vital in order for prospective sponsors to invest in the national team”; the Honourable Minister said.

Also present during the farewell event of the Nation’s Pride were the Senior officials in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth affairs who included the Principal Secretary Prince Mlayeto, Under Secretary Mr. Nhlanhla Motsa; EFA’s president Mr. Adam Mthethwa and Chief executive Officer of the EFA Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu.

Sihlangu SeMnikati is expected back home on Sunday, 24th March 2019. This official international match will be played on Friday, 22nd March 2019 and kick-off is at 1915 hrs Tunisian time. The travelling players are:

Ginindza Sandile, Gamedze Sandile, Figareido Justice, Bandenhorst Felix, Ndzinisa Sabelo, Mkhweli Sanele, Ndaba Ndumiso, Mamba Siboniso, Dlamini Banele, Vilakati Vusi, Ngwenya Siboniso, Mkhonto Mxolisi, Msibi Phephisani, Sikhondze Banele, Machado Jose, Dlamini Phinda, Shiba Muhle, Shabangu Wandile, Ndlovu Njabulo and Sithole Menzi.

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