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EFA SPONSORS WOMEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE BY E255 000.00

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has yet again shown her commitment of developing women football in the country by sponsoring the Women Football League (WFL) by Two Hundred and Fifty-five Emalangeni only (E255 000.00) for the 2018/19 football season. This was disclosed by the EFA President, Adam Mthethwa when addressing the participating team in the competition in an event that was held this afternoon at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane.

“The EFA has a responsibility of developing women football in the country of which this starts at FIFA level”; Mthethwa said. The President highlighted that as an association that is responsible for any football business in the country; they are quite aware about the cultural challenges of women football in Africa thus they are very much happy about the level of participation this football season as it is a record that a women football league can have a total of sixteen football teams competing. “It is an achievement to have more teams competing in the league as in Africa our cultural values are not that much promoting girls/women to play football of which we have a big mandate in football to promote their participation”; The EFA President said.

Over the years, the EFA encouraged the security forces on the land to have women’s football teams that will compete with the other teams of which this is yielding positive results as it has enhance the level of competition in the league and other competitions. It is for this reason the EFA is also urging companies to adopt the other teams so as to assist them with more resources so that they can be more competitive. This will enhance the standard of women football in the country.

Mthethwa also highlighted that in total, the EFA will spend a total Six Hundred and Sixty Thousand Emalangeni (E660 000.00) in developing Women Football in the country this year as there are other development programmes that are vital in the development of the game. This includes the Schools Women Football Development Programme and the Women Football Coaching Programme just to mention but a few. It must be noted that this amount excludes the activities of the women national teams.   

NO WAY CAN SIHLANGU QUALIFY FOR THE AFCON 2019 FINALS

With the Confederation of African Football (CAF) giving Egypt the hosting rights of the TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals to be held as from 15th  June to 13th  July 2019, still there is no way in-which Sihlangu SeMnikati can qualify to this competition. This was clarified by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), Frederick Mngomezulu.

“As per the qualifiers system of the competition; if the host is ranked first, the host will qualifiy in addition to the second of the group; if the host is ranked second, the host will qualify in addition to the first of the group and even if the host was to be ranked third or fourth, the host will still qualify in addition to the first of the group”; Mngomezulu said.

This implies that in group J; Egypt and Tunisia are still the two countries who have qualified for the finals to be hosted by the former nation.

KOSTA PAPIC IS THE NEW SIHLANGU SEMNIKATI HEAD COACH

“The new coach, therefore is Mr. Kosta Papic”; said the President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), Mr. Adam Mthethwa. This announcement was made by the EFA President during a press conference held at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane on Thursday, 13th December 2018. The recruitment of Papic concludes the recruitment of the Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach. “Following the advert for the position of the Senior National Team Head Coach, stakeholders and the public are hereby informed that the recruitment process has been completed”; said Mthethwa.

As per the norm, this implies that Mr. Kosta Papic will recommend his assistant coaches after which the rest of the technical bench and management will be completed. This implies that the period of the interim technical bench and national team management has also come to an end. “In this regard, the football association would like to express its appreciation to Mr. Anthony Mdluli and his technical team and management for holding fort whilst the recruitment process continues, more particularly creating a base of competitive national team”; said the EFA President.

The stakeholders of the EFA were also requested to support the new coach as he execute his duties early in the new year. “The Executive Committee would like to further reiterate its commitment to ensure the improvement of the performance of the national team in all its international competitions, as per the national team strategy developed. It is therefore in this vein that the Executive Committee requests the support, patience and collaboration of all stakeholders towardCs the work of the new coach”; Mthethwa said.

It is expected that the new coach’s official match to lead the Nation’s Pride will be the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match against Tunisia in match. Three months down the line, he will guide the national team to the annual COSAFA Senior Men’s Championship.v

THE INGWENYAMA SMVAF CUP OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

The unique competition that brings football and culture together was officially launched at the Sinncephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF) Headquarters in Mbabane.  Present during this historic event was the Chairman of the competition Prince Hlangabeza ; Prince Bukhosi; Minister of Sports , Culture and Youth Affairs  Honourable Minister  David Ngcamphalala; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SMVAF Helmon Vilakati ; Vice President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) and the Chairman of the Premier League of Eswatini just to mention but a few.

In his remarks, Prince Hlangabeza acknowledged His Majesty The King Mswati III for coming up with this unique competition as it perfectly combines football and culture. “We have to thank His Majesty The King for this competition as it enhances our culture which is our true identity as Emaswati”; he said. He also highlighted the importance of the combined effort by all stakeholders to this competition as its success was a team effort. He also urged the teams to put more effort as this is a big competition.

The Honerable Minister Harries Bulunga echoed the Prince’s words as he also acknowledged His Majesty The King Mswati III for this competition as the increase in its sponsorship package will motivate the teams to put more effort. He also stressed the importance of using sports to market the country considering the change of name from Swaziland to Eswatini. “This competition will provide a perfect platform to market the country internationally”; Bulunga said.

FOOTBALL TEAMS URGED TO COMPETE IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIR PLAY

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) and the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) has urged football teams to compete in the spirit of fair play during football matches. This was said by the EFA Vice President Dr. comfort Shongwe and the Chairman of the PLE, Peter Magagula during the official launch of the Ingwenyama SMVAF Cup in Mbabane. “As the EFA, we encourage football teams to win and lose matches in the football pitch rather than running to courts”; Shongwe said. He also urged football teams to meet the standards of club licensing inorder for the local football to develop, thus the economy will also benefit as more people will be employed through the sport.

On the other hand the PLE Chairman, Peter Magagula said “As PLE, we encourage all football teams to compete in the spirit of fair play and accept results as they come”.

WOMEN FOOTBALL COACHES EMPOWERED BY FIFA

There is an English saying which says “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”. This is what the participants of the recently completed FIFA MA Women Football Coaching Course can attest to. The was a lot of work in and out of the classroom as the coaches were  being trained by the hard working Namibian born FIFA Instructor, MS Jaqueline Shipanga.

“Your knowledge as coaches has been enhanced”; said the Eswatini Football Association President (EFA), Mr. Adam Mthethwa. This is an indication that the participants are now expected to implement what they have learnt from this course thus they will be perfect vehicles of the football association towards the development of football in the country. “Having this course works well towards the realization of our objective as the football association”; Mthethwa said. The President of the EFA also highlighted that as a way of developing women football in the country, the aspect of empowering local coaches is very key inorder to properly develop the girl child.

On the other hand; the FIFA Instructor Ms. Jaqueline Shipanga acknowledged FIFA and EFA for their effort towards the development of women football in the country. “I congratulate FIFA and EFA for making this course possible and also the fact that Eswatini is one of the few countries who participate in women football international competitions”; Shipanga said. She also acknowledged the country for sending a women’s football team to the Region5 games in Botswana as this competition presents a perfect opportunity for coach educators to gain more expertise. The FIFA Instructor also eulogized COSAFA for her effort owards the development of women football and also making deliberate attempt towards the embracement of the development of the girl child.

The participants through Mrs Nonhlanhla Shoulder-Massoya acknowledged FIFA and EFA for the facilitation of this course and also for them being the participants as they have benefited a lot.   

 

FIFA MA WOMEN FOOTBALL COURSE OFFICIALLY OPENED

The President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Mr. Adam Mthethwa officially opened the FIFA MA Women Football Association that is currently taking place at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. The EFA President acknowledged FIFA for facilitating this course and also officially welcomed the FIFA Instructoe, Jacqueline Shipanga.

“Our core business as the national association in the country is to develop football and women football is a priority for us”, Mthethwa said. As a matter of fact, the football association is really living by its word as it is possible the only football association that has a Women Football Association which supports the seriousness of the EFA in developing women football in the country. “We are also happy that the Head Coach of the Women Senior National Team is a lady which also adds value towards the development of women football in the country.

The FIFA Instructor, Jacqueline Shipanga acknowledged the EFA ‘s efforts towards the development of women football in the country which also complements the efforts of FIFA, CAF and COSAFA’s efforts. “I am also happy that we have at least six women participants in this course which is an indication that women football in Eswatini is growing”; Shipanga said.

This course will end on Friday.

U20 NATIONAL TEAM COACH NAME HIS TENTATIVE SQUAD FOR THE COSAFA COMPETITION

The U20 Men’s National Team Head Coach, Dumsani Makhanya has named his tentative squad for the upcoming U20 COSAFA Championship to be held in Kitwe; Zambia as from the 2nd -14th December 2018. The U20 national team has started its full time training camp at the Technical Centre in Lobamba in preparation for this championship. The players are as follows: 1. Dlamini Bongiswa. 2. Simelane Wiseman. 3. Mabilisa Siphosethu. 4. Dlamini Mcebisi. 5. Magagula Melusi. 6. Langa Zamokuhle. 7. Magagula Mkhuleko. 8. Dlamini Sibonginkosi. 9. Tsabedze Sandziso. 10. Bhembe Sindziso. 11. Nyaweni Melusi. 12. Sangweni Phumuzo. 13. Shongwe Senzo. 14. Khumalo Nhlalolenhle. 15. Dlamini Thokozani. 16. Maseko Mhlonishwa. 17. Mamba Lungelo. 18. Dlamini Samkelo. 19. Kunene Nkazimulo. 20. Gama Xolani. 21. Mnisi Sandile. 22. Dlamini Sisekelo.

NATIONAL TEAMS COACHES NAME THEIR SQUADS

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 NATIONAL TEAM IN GROUP B OF THE 2018 COSAFA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

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