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Sihlangu SeMnikati Interim Head Coach, Anthony Mdluli has named the following players for the match against Niger in the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier Match to be played on Sunday, 11th November 2018. They are as follows:

Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabne Swallows FC), Thokozani Mkhulisi (Green Mamba FC), Phephisani Msibi (Royal Leopards FC), Siboniso Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Banele Dlamini (Green Mamba FC), Sifiso Nkambule (Royal Leopards FC), Wandile Maseko (Young Buffaloes), Sanele Chauke (Green Mamba FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Zweli Nxumalo (Royal Leopards FC), Richard Macreesh (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mxolisi Mkhontfo (Grren Mamba FC), Machawe Dlamini (Young Buffaloes FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopards FC), Sizolwethu Shabalala (Mbabane Swallows FC), Sibonginkhisi Gamedze (Mbabane Highlanders FC),Tony Tsabedze (Mbabane Swallows FC), Melusi Mkhwanazi (Royal Leopards FC), Mthunzi Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Fanelo Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Sandile Hlatshwayo (Mbabane Swallows FC), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Musa Dlamini (Green Mamba FC), Mlamuli Nkambule (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Lungelo Tsabedze (Royal Leopards FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopards FC), Justice Figareido (Maritzburg United).

On another note, the U23s interim Head Coach, Sifiso Ntibane has named the following players for the back-to-back matches against Mozambique in the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier Matches to be played in Maputo on Friday, 16th  and Tuesday, 20th November 2018 respectively. They are as follows:

Lwethu Simelanr (Manzini Sundowns FC), Lindani Mtsetfwa (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Bongiswa Dlamini (Sidwashini FC), Machawe Dlamini (Vovovo FC), Mlamuli Msibi (Royal Leopards FC), Meshack Lushaba (Midas City FC), Sibonelo Sibandze (Young Buffaloes FC), Mcedisi Dlamini (Vovovo FC), Mkhuleko Magagula (Manzini sundowns FC), Peter Dlamini  (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Melusi Dlamini (Hlatikuli Tycoons FC), Sidumo Myeni (All Nations FC), Wandile Sacolo (Mbabane Citizens FC), Leon Manyisa (Vovovo FC), Phumlani Matsenjwa (Moneni Pirates FC), Gcinwayinkhosi Dlamini (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Ndumiso Mabuza (Mbabane Highlanders FC, Likhwa Thwala (Milling Hotspurs FC), Sethu Mabilisa (Vovovo FC), Bongwa Matsebula (Madlenya FC), Muzi Tsabedze (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Themba Mthembu (All Nations FC), Ayanda Kunene (Mbabane Citezens FC), Mcebisi Motsa (Hlatikulu Tycoons FC).

The U20 Men’s national team have been drowned in Group B of the COSAFA Championships to be played in Kitwe, Zambia. They with Namibia, Mauritius and South Africa who have won this championship six times. This competition will be played as from December 2-14. In group A, the is Zambia, Malawi, Reunion and Mozambique; and in group C; there is Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Angola and Botswana.

Present during this draw was the COSAFA President, Dr. Phillip Chyangwa who highlighted the opportunities that this competition presents. “It is an exciting draw and one that will produce plenty of thrilling football during the competition, but also a chance for these boys to test their skills against their peers from around the region”; Chiyangwa said. This championship will not only provide development opportunities to the players only; but it does so to the coaches, match officials and administrators.

The nation’s pride, Sihlangu SeMnikati has left the country this morning for Cairo, Egypt for the acidic test against the Pharoahs of Egypt in a 2019 AFCON Qualifier match which will be played at the Al Salam Stadium on Friday, 12th October 2018. The national team left with a total 10 officials and 20 players and the Head of delegation is Mr. Johannes Siboza who is an Executive Member.

Sihlangu SeMnikati is expected to arrive in Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning and finalize their preparations for the Friday’s match against the most successful national team on the African soil. With Egypt parading world class players who play their club football in the best leagues in the world of football; the national team players are very much focused in making history for the country and themselves as they want to make-up to what happened when they played against Egypt five years ago as the local side lost by 10-0.

“Even though Egypt is a strong opposition, we will do our level best in the field of play”; said the nation’s pride skipper; Tony “TT” Tsabedze. His words were echoed by the national team Head Coach Anthony Mdluli who highlighted about the acidic test that they are going to encounter when they face the Pharaohs on Friday. “It is true that Egypt is a strong opposition; but we will do everything possible to get good results in this match”; Mdluli said. The national team is expected back home on Sunday.

Sihlangu SeMnikati is shaping up for the acidic back-to-back encounters against the Pharaohs of Egypt which is the most successful national team in the African continent. The nation’s pride under the guidance of Anthony Mdluli (Interim Head Coach) and his technical team are working around the clock in making the national team to be ready for this two 2019 TOTAL  AFCON  qualifier matches come Friday, 12th  and 16th October 2018 respectively. The first match will be at the El-Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt with the second match in 4-days’ time at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini, Eswatini.

“We are preparing the players both physically and psychologically as it is a difficult task to play top national teams in Africa like Egypt, Tunisia and morocco just to mention  but a few”; Mdluli said. According to him; the players are responding positively in as far as the preparations are concerned including the youngsters that have been included in the national team. “The players are responding very well at training and the youngsters are also doing very well as we are not putting them under pressure as they are the future of the national team. They are also learning a lot about the culture of the national team”; he said. The nations pride is scheduled to leave the country early next week for Egypt.

The Sihlangu SeMnikati players have promised the nation that they will do their level best when they play against Egypt on the back-to back fixture. This team is made out of both the experience and youngster’s in as far as national team football is concerned. The national team captain, Tony Tsabedze highlighted that even though these are difficult fixtures; they are capable enough of making surprises as they have done it before. “We have played against big teams in Africa before and got positive results and we will try to do so even this time around even though this is  a difficult fixture but we have to learn from such games”; the skipper said.

His words were echoed by Sizolwethu “Nunu” Shabalala who stated that the real business will be done in the field of play. “The Egyptians are world stars, but that holds no water as the real business will be done in the field of play”; Shabalala said. This youngster is steadily maturing like wine as he has demonstrated at club level together with his team mate Richard Mccresh who got his maiden cap recently against Tunisia. “It is good that the national team coaches have recognized us as youngsters which is good that my effort at club level have been recognized”; Shabalala said.

The Senior National Team Interim Head Coach, Anthony Mdluli has named 25 players who are due for a full time camp that will commence on Sunday, 30th  September 2018 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. The list of players are as follows:

GOALKEEPERS

Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabane Swallows FC), Nhlanhla Gwebu (Young Buffaloes FC), Phephisani Msibi (Royal Leopards FC))

 

DEFENDERS

Siboniso Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Banele Dlamini (Green Mamba FC), Sifiso Nkambule (Royal Leopards FC), Wandile Maseko (Young Buffaloes FC), Machawe Dlamini ( Royal Leopards FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes FC)

MIDFIELDERS

Felix Badenhorst (Mbombela United FC), Richard Mccreesh (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mxolisi Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopards FC) Sibonginkhosi Gamedze (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Tony Tsabedze (Mbabane Swallowas FC), Fanelo Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC

 

STRIKERS

Barry Steenkamp (Royal Leopards FC), Phiwayinkhosi Dlamini (Young Buffaloes FC), Mthunzi Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Sizolwethu Shabalala (Mbabane Swallows FC), Justice Figareido (Maritzburg United FC), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Lungelo Tsabedze (Royal Leopards FC)

“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”; said former American Statesman, Colin Powell. This were exactly the same were communicated to the participants of the FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course during the official closing ceremony at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This course was closed by the Vice President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Dr. Comfort Shongwe in an event that was also attended by EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Frederick Mngomezulu and the FIFA Instructor, Alenjadro Heredia just to mention but a few.

“Keep on studying very hard as football is a dynamic sport”; Shongwe said. The Vice President also urged these coaches to use the knowledge that they got from this course by training more people. He also urged all stakeholders of football to play their respective roles in order to enhance the development of football. “By implementing such courses, the football association is playing her role which is an indication that the organization is working for the country as it is empowering the nation”; Shongwe said.

The FIFA Instructor echoed the Vice President’s words by urging the participants to go and work as they are now empowered with knowledge. “For you, it’s not the end of the course, but the beginning as you have to go back and do more work. You don’t have to wait for the football association to push you”; Heredia said. He also assured them that there are a lot of goalkeepers in the country who needs more knowledge to improve their game of which they are now tasked in empowering them. The FIFA Instructor is expected to leave the country tomorrow after spending a full week in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”; said former American Statesman, Colin Powell. This were exactly the same were communicated to the participants of the FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course during the official closing ceremony at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This course was closed by the Vice President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Dr. Comfort Shongwe in an event that was also attended by EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Frederick Mngomezulu and the FIFA Instructor, Alenjadro Heredia just to mention but a few.

“Keep on studying very hard as football is a dynamic sport”; Shongwe said. The Vice President also urged these coaches to use the knowledge that they got from this course by training more people. He also urged all stakeholders of football to play their respective roles in order to enhance the development of football. “By implementing such courses, the football association is playing her role which is an indication that the organization is working for the country as it is empowering the nation”; Shongwe said.

The FIFA Instructor echoed the Vice President’s words by urging the participants to go and work as they are now empowered with knowledge. “For you, it’s not the end of the course, but the beginning as you have to go back and do more work. You don’t have to wait for the football association to push you”; Heredia said. He also assured them that there are a lot of goalkeepers in the country who needs more knowledge to improve their game of which they are now tasked in empowering them. The FIFA Instructor is expected to leave the country tomorrow after spending a full week in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The President of the Eswatini Football Association Mr. Adam Mthethwa has officially opened the FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba in an event that was held on Monday, 11th September 2018. In this course, there are 25 participants who are the goalkeeping coaches who have recently completed the basic goalkeeping course.

In his remarks, the President acknowledged FIFA for her continuous support towards the development of football in the country. He also emphasised the importance of having a good goalkeeper in a football team as he/ she is the last line of defence. “This course is important as in a successful football team, the must be a good goalkeeper who is also the last line of defence”; Mthethwa said.

The FIFA Goalkeeping Instructor, Alejandro Heredia thanked the football association for the hospitality thus far and also congratulated the participants for being part of this course. He also highlighted the importance of having a good goalkeeper in a football team as he/she contributes a lot to the success of the team. “A good goalkeeper is a vital member of a football team as his performance has a huge impact to the success of a football team”; Heredia said. This course will end on Friday, 14th September 2018.

The FIFA Instructor Alejandro Heredia who is currently facilitating the FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba was impressed about the overall performance of Sihlangu SeMnikati against the top rank national team in Africa, Tunisia. This was after the local side lost by 2-0 in a TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations match that was played on Sunday, 9th September 2018 at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini.

“Even though the local side didn’t start the match very well, the was some great improvement as the game progressed more especially in the second half”; Heredia said. The former Bafana Bafana Goalkeeper Coach noted that Sihlangu SeMnikati lost the match due to the two first half mistakes that were committed early in the match. “The Eswatini side committed two mistakes in the first half and playing against professional sides of Tunisia’s calibre, you will definitely be punished; and if it wasn’t for those errors, the match would have ended in a no goal stalemate”; the FIFA Instructor said. He also urged the local technical bench to help the current team to improve from where it left at the end of the game as it looks promising.  

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