The U17 Men’s National Team Captain, Siphephelo Philiso has highlighted that the spirit is very high in the camp and players are available to fight for the nation. “Players are available and ready to fight for the nation in this championship”, Philiso said. He made his remarks during training session at the Technical Centre, in preparation for the upcoming 2019 COSAFA U17 Boys Championship to be played in Blantyre, in Malawi starting from 11th -20th October 2019.
Philiso also acknowledged their coaches as they have prepared very well and promised the nation that they will come back home with something.” We prepared very well and players have no injuries. We promise EmaSwati that we will come back home with the cup”, he said.
The Captain’s words were echoed by Colani Dvuba who showed confidence which is a positive signal that they are ready for the upcoming championship in Blantyre, Malawi. He highlighted that players are more committed and ready for the challenge. “We have support from our coaches. Players are more committed and ready for the challenge”, Dvuba said. Over and above, he asked for support from the nation. “I urge EmaSwati to put us in their prayers as we want to come back home with the cup”, he added.
On Saturday, 5th October 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the 2019 Build it U13 Siteki Championship at Siteki Sport Ground. Eight (8) teams were competing for the championship. These teams were Ntengenyane, Silent Heroes, Imphumalanga, Barcelona, Matsetsa Arsenal, Lukhula Black Stars, Sangcotfo and Golden. Ntengenyane was crowned champions after defeating Sangcotfo by 2-0. To reach finals, Ntengenyane defeated Black Stars by 2-0 whilst Sangcotfo were the finalists after winning against Barcelona by 2-0.
For their championship, the youngsters were awarded a trophy, a new Build-it branded soccer kit; Build it branded bags, water bottles and individual trophies whilst Sangcotfo got individual trophies, water bottles and soccer bags. The best player was Banele Matse from Ntengenyane who won himself a trophy. When interviewed after the event Matse was very much happy to be crowned the best player. “I am very much excited to be the best player of this tournament. I played very well and I was able to score 5 goals”, Matse said. He further stated that training sessions help them a lot and thanked support they got from their parents and coaches. “My best player is Sifiso Matse from the Royal Leopard and I wish to play for Royal Leopard one day”, he added.
Over and above, the EFA’S CEO Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu acknowledged Build it, parents and coaches for the support that they give to these youngsters. “On behalf of the football association, we kindly thank Build it for supporting football development in the country. We saw talents to these youngsters”, Mngomezulu said. His words were echoed by the Managing Director Piggs Peak, Ebuhleni and Siteki Build it stores, Mr. Khanya Ndlovu who stated that the youngsters played very well and it shows that football is really developing in the country. “Indeed football is developing in the country. We hope that the youth coaches of the EFA were able to identify the football talents to the players”, Ndlovu said.
On Saturday, 28th September 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the 2019 U-13 Mbabane Build it Championship at Prince of Wales. Sixteen (16) teams were competing for the championship. The teams were Fast Reaction, Elangeni Vultures, Golden Kings, Tinyosi, Real Master, Gunners, Real Tec, Mantsholo United, Herrican, Umbelebele, Dark City, SuperSport, Mbabane Swallows, Barcelona, Ntsetse Flyers and Total XI. Fast Reaction was crowned champions after defeating Vultures by 3-2. To reach finals, Fast Reaction defeated Gunners by 2-0 whilst Vultures were the finalists after winning against Dark City by 1-0.
For their championship, the youngsters were awarded a trophy, a new Build-it branded soccer kit; Build it branded bags, water bottles and individual trophies whilst Vultures got individual trophies, water bottles and soccer bags. The best player was Lindelani Masuku of Fast Reaction who won himself a trophy. When interviewed after the event Masuku thanked Build it for giving them such opportunity. “Today I scored five goals. I wish to play for Mbabane Swallows one day”, Masuku said. He further stated that playing for this tournament helps them to get experience in football.
Over and above, the EFA’S Vice President Dr. Comfort Shongwe expressed his gratitude to Build it for supporting this football development. “On behalf of EFA, we thank Build it for supporting us with this football development. I hope that FIFA is grateful of what is happening in Eswatini Football development”, Shongwe said.
“You need to make a mark. In life, every one of us has to do something that we can always remember you for”, said the EFA’S President Mr. Adam Mthethwa. He made his remarks during the closing ceremony of the FIFA MA Goalkeeping course that was held on Friday, 27th September 2019 at the Technical Centre. He thanked the FIFA Instructor for the work he has done to football goalkeeping instructors. “We believe that they have learnt something and whatever we achieve as a country, we will always be grateful”, Mthethwa said.
Furthermore, he also welcomed the instructors to football development in the country.” As coaches you want to achieve something at some point and as the football association we are facilitating your own development to be at a higher level”, he said. He also highlighted that the coaches are committed in developing football in the country and encouraged them to continue working for football.
When addressing the audience; On behalf of FIFA, the FIFA Instructor, Mr. Alejandro Heredia thanked EFA for the support they have given them and for being part of this course. “It is my pleasure to be here and it has been a great experience”, Heredia said. He further stated that key to success is to keep on learning and implement what you have learnt. “Don’t give up, keep on going and use this opportunity for you to be better goalkeeping coaches”, he added.
The FIFA MA Refereeing course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 23rd September 2019 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. He expressed his gratitude to FIFA for supporting them with such courses and welcomed the FIFA Instructor. “As football association, we are very much honoured and privileged to FIFA for assisting us with this course”, Mthethwa said.
When addressing the audience Mthethwa highlighted that education for the people involved with the football development is very important. So, as football association they want to have quality instructors whom they believe are going to produce quality goalkeepers. He further promised coaches that football association will always fulfil their wishes. “What you aspire for, the football association will always be there to facilitate your wishes”, he said.
Moreover, the Instructor, Mr. Alejandro Heredia acknowledged FIFA for giving him such opportunity to facilitate this course. “It’s a great pleasure for me to be here. I hope by the end of this week, you will have learnt a lot”, Heredia said. He also highlighted that Eswatini is one of the African Countries who is more active in education more especially in goalkeeping and it’s his fourth year conducting this course in Eswatini.
This course will end on Friday 27th September 2019.
On Saturday, 21st September 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the 2019 U-13 Ebuhleni Build it Championship at Fontotje Sports Ground. Eight (8) teams were competing for the championship. These teams were Ndlalambi Stars, JB Arsenal, Sihhoye Academy, Fontotje United, Sakhiwo Academy, Arsenal, Njakeni United and Makhosonkhe Stars. JB Arsenal was crowned champions after defeating Njakeni by 6-5 after penalties. This was after the two sides played to a 1-all draw. To reach finals, JB Arsenal defeated Arsenal by 3-2 whilst Njakeni were the finalists after winning against Sihhoye Academy by 3-1.
For their championship, the youngsters were awarded a trophy, a new Build-it branded soccer kit; Build it branded bags, water bottles and individual trophies whilst Njakeni got individual trophies, water bottles and soccer bags. The best player was Bongwa Simelane who won himself a trophy. When interviewed after the event Simelane expressed his delight of being crowned the best player. “I am very much excited to be the best player of this tournament. I thank Build it for giving us this opportunity to showcase our talents as youngsters”, Simelane said. He further stated that he played very well and this tournament helped them to gain more experience on playing football. Over and above he thanked support that he got from his parents. “I thank my parents for their support. I also thank my coaches for the work that they have done during training”, he added.
The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) Vice President Dr. Comfort Shongwe has acknowledged FIFA for the development and the perfectly implemented FIFA MA Refereeing Instructors Course. He made his remarks during closing ceremony of the FIFA MA Refereeing Instructors Course at Thokoza Church Centre in Mbabane on Friday, 20th September 2019. “As Football Association, we are very much honoured and privileged to FIFA for their support in implementing this course. Indeed, FIFA is a true partner in developing football in the country in all aspects”, Shongwe said.
Moreover, he also highlighted that the association has a new strategic plan and they are looking at the key performance indicators.” As instructors let us see what you are producing. Train referees and recruit young talented stars, who can see our vision of seeing the referees officiating in international matches at a highest level”, he said. He further congratulated participants for working hard and wished them all the best. “We hope that now we have quality referee instructors. We wish that one day, we will see one of our referees officiating in one of the major tournaments in the world”, he added.
When addressing the audience; the FIFA Instructor, Mr. Carlos Henriques thanked EFA for the support they have given them and highlighted that he worked very hard with the participants. He further urged these participants to work hard and implement the information. “I am very much happy with the performance of the participants. It was my pleasure working with you and I wish you all the best”, Henriques said.
The Sihlangu’s Midfielder, Fanelo ‘Order’ Mamba has highlighted that the Zambia match is very much important for Sihlangu. “This game is very much important to us. We have to handle it in a right way”, Mamba said. He made his remarks during training session at the Mavuso Sports Centre, preparing for first leg to be played against Zambia on Sunday, 22nd September 2019. He also stated that it’s a good advantage to win at home and playing for the National team helps them to gain experience and international exposure.
Over and above, his words were echoed by Sandile Gamedze who stated that preparations are very high in the camp and they have to stick on the game plan as the upcoming match is very important to them and they have to win. “We have to stick on the game plan. We are looking for a win on Sunday”, Gamedze said.
The FIFA MA Refereeing Instructors course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 16th September 2019 at Thokoza Church Centre. Other dignitaries present during this event were the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Carlos Henriques from the Republic of South Africa and EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu to mention but just a few. There are thirty (30) participants for this course.
When addressing the audience the EFA’S President welcomed the instructor and wished him a good stay in the country. On behalf of the football association and football family; he also acknowledged FIFA for empowering referees and expressed appreciation to all participants for their commitment in developing referees in the country. He highlighted that they can’t only focus on developing players but they need referees as well to conduct the matches. “We want to see the development of the sport in all areas. We expect the instructors to add refereeing talent and develop it to a level of having top referees in the country”, Mthethwa said.
Moreover, the instructor Mr. Carlos Henriques acknowledged FIFA for assigning him to facilitate this course. “I am very much honoured and privileged to be the facilitator of this course. I am looking forward to work with the referees”, Henriques said. He highlighted that in this course they are going to work hard and ensure that they add refereeing talent.
This course will end on Friday 20th September 2019.
“We had so many chances to score goals and win the 2022 World Cup Qualifier match against Djibouti”, said the Minister of Tinkhundla, Administration and Regional Development David Ngcamphalala. He made his remarks when interviewed after the match at the Mavuso Sports Centre. He was speaking on behalf of Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth affairs Harris Bulunga, who is in Madagascar. Ngcamphalala stated that the team played well but failed to score the needed goals. "We hope the team will do their level best in the next coming game against Zambia in the CHAN tournament," he said. He further highlighted that the coach and the players did everything on the day and they were just unlucky not to win the match. “There is no one to blame here. I just think it was not our day”, he added.
Over and above, the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) CEO Frederick Mngomezulu highlighted that the team played very well but they failed to score goals despite the numerous opportunities they created. He further stated that the team still have two more competitions where they could redeem themselves. "We still have a chance to qualify for the CHAN finals. It’s not easy but we hope we will do better in the remaining tournaments”, Mngomezulu said.