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EFA ACKNOWLEDGES YOUNG BUFFALOES FC AND GREEN MAMBA FC

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) acknowledges Young Buffaloes FC for their participation to the next round of the Total CAF Confederation Cup after eliminating the Zambian side Buildcon FC. It must be noted that their achievement portrays a positive image to the Eswatini football and the country at large. “The EFA and the football family at large; wishes them the very best of luck as they proceed to the next round of the competition”, read the EFA statement. By advancing to the next round; we will benefit as a country as the players will get more international exposure which will boost their performance when playing for the national team.

On another note; the EFA also acknowledges Green Mamba FC for their competitiveness in the Total CAF Champions League matches against Zesco United FC. Even though they didn’t make it to the next round of the competition; the country will benefit from their participation as the players got valuable international experience which will enhance their performance in the national team.       

THE FIFA MA INSTRUCTOR’S COACHING COURSE OFFICIALLY OPENED

The FIFA MA Instructors Coaching course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 19th August 2019 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Other dignitaries present during this event were the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Enrich Rustermular from Germany, EFA’s Executive Committee Member Mr. Nicodimus Mashwama  and EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu to mention but just a few. There are twenty- six (26) participants for this course.

When addressing the audience the EFA’S President welcomed the instructor and wished him a good stay in the country. He also acknowledged the commitment of the coaches.” You being here proves that you are fully committed in helping the football association in football development in the country”, the President of EFA Mr. Adam Mthethwa said.

Moreover, the Instructor Mr. Enrich Rustermular had some few words to share with the audience. He highlighted that he was very much honoured for the invite and to be the facilitator of this course. “I am very much honoured and privileged to be here. I am very proud to be part of this course”, Rustermular said. He also highlighted that a coach is a key for football development, success and good performance which is why coaches need to work hard to fulfil that. This course will end on Friday, 23rd August 2019.

ISHIBOBO CHAMPS OF THE MANZINI U-13 BUILD IT CHAMPIONSHIP

On Saturday, 17th August 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the 2019 U-13 Manzini Build it Championship at the Manzini ClubEight (8) teams were competing for the championship. These teams were Ishibobo Academy, Moneni Pirates FC , Zakhele, FV Sporting, Ngwazini, School of Excellence, Bad Boys and Road blocks. Ishibobo Academy was crowned champions after defeating School of Excellence by 3-2 after penalties.  This was after the two sides played to a 1-all draw. To reach finals, Ishibobo defeated Road blocks by 5-0 whilst School of Excellence were the finalists after winning against Moneni Pirates by 15-0.

For their achievement, the youngsters were awarded a trophy, a new Build-it branded soccer kit; Build it branded bags, water bottles and individual trophies whilst School of Excellence got individual trophies, water bottles and soccer bags.  The best player was Philani Ndzimandze who won himself a trophy. When interviewed after the event Ndzimandze expressed his delight of being crowned the best player. “I am very much excited to be the best player of this tournament. I thank my coaches for the work that they have done during training”, Ndzimandze said. He further stated that he was ready for this tournament and also thanked the support that he got from his parents and the opportunity that Build it is giving them as youngsters to showcase their football artistry.

EFA ACKNOWLEDGES THE PRESENCE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MSWATI III DURING THE 17th EPTC CHARITY CUP FINALS

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) and the football family at large has extended a special gratitude to His Majesty the King Mswati III together with the Royal Household for gracing the 2019 EPTC Charity Cup that was held on Sunday, 11th August 2019 at the Somhlolo National Stadium.” As football association and family, we are always humbled by His Majesty’s presence. The presence of His majesty gave the event heightened prestige and glamour also endorsed the unifying of the nation and this added Majestic value and ensured the success of this event. Bayethe Wena WaPhakathi!!”; read the EFA statement.

Further appreciation was directed to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini; his Cabinet and Civil Service; Members of both Houses of Parliament; Eswatini  Posts and Telecommunications Board, Management and Staff; Football family, Invited guests, Fans and the Media for being part of this historic event. The statement also highlighted that the beautiful game of football was played in a good spirit and the support was very good which perfectly endorses the tournaments slogan “Yam’ Nawe, Sphakeme Futsi”. “The high attendance of football fans and high quality of football artistry by all the teams who participated in this tournament indeed made charity and football to be the ultimate winner”; the statement read.

Over and above, the EFA congratulated the Champions; Mbabane Highlanders FC, for being the champions of this tournament. “None of these could have been a success without the sponsors EPTC and its Management Committee who presented a well – coordinated programme and worked very hard from its launch to the very end of this tournament. The football family remains greatly indebted to Eswatini Posts and Telecommunications Corporations (EPTC)”; the statement concluded.

THE FIFA MA REFEREEING COURSE OFFICIALLY OPENED

The FIFA MA Refereeing course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 5th August 2019 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Other dignitaries present during this event were the FIFA Instructors; Mr. Ali Mohamed Ahmed from Somali Republic and Mr. Guiseppe Galvano from Italy and EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu to mention but just a few. There are thirty (30) participants/ referees for this course.

When addressing the audience the EFA’S President welcomed the instructors and wished them a good stay in the country. He also acknowledged the commitment of the referees as they execute their duties. He highlighted that as EFA; the development of referees is one of the pillars the football association and they want to see the referees officiating at the highest level. “We want to prepare and to see our referees officiating at the highest level”, Mthethwa said. He further wished instructors and referees a successful course. “I hope by the end of this week you will have learnt a lot”, Mthethwa added.

Over and above, the instructor Mr. Ali Mohamed Ahmed expressed FIFA’s commitment in the development of referees in the country. “On behalf of FIFA I am very much honoured to be here and FIFA is very happy to follow the referees of Eswatini”, Mohamed said. He highlighted that the participants look committed in benefiting from this course. He also congratulated the referees for passing the physical fitness test and wished them a successful course.” I hope by the end of this week, you will feel a bit difference and you will have benefited on the theoretical and practical aspects of refereeing”, he added.

This course will end on Friday 9th August 2019.

IF YOU HAVE NO DREMS, YOU HAVE NO FUTURE-EFA’S PRESIDENT MR ADAM MTHETHWA

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has shared his point of view about the 180 minutes left in as far as the  qualification of Sihlangu SeMnikati to the 2020 Total CHAN Finals to be held in Cameroon early next year. If you have no dreams, you have no future. We are about to make history by qualifying in one of the major tournaments in Africa. We are working towards that target”, Mthethwa said.

Moreover, he stated that to eliminate Malawi and Angola from CHAN qualifiers comes with its own history and we are just one opposition away from qualifying for the 2020 Total CHAN Finals, which will be a great achievement. The president also urged every stakeholder to support the national team in making this dream a reality.

IF YOU HAVE NO DREMS, YOU HAVE NO FUTURE-EFA’S PRESIDENT MR ADAM MTHETHWA

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has shared his point of view about the 180 minutes left in as far as the  qualification of Sihlangu SeMnikati to the 2020 Total CHAN Finals to be held in Cameroon early next year. If you have no dreams, you have no future. We are about to make history by qualifying in one of the major tournaments in Africa. We are working towards that target”, Mthethwa said.

Moreover, he stated that to eliminate Malawi and Angola from CHAN qualifiers comes with its own history and we are just one opposition away from qualifying for the 2020 Total CHAN Finals, which will be a great achievement. The president also urged every stakeholder to support the national team in making this dream a reality.

SITSEBE VICTORIOUS AGAINST MOZAMBIQUE

The Senior Women National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) redeemed themselves against Mozambique when they won their first match against the Mozambicans by 3-1. It was a perfect revenge for Eswatini after losing against Mozambique in an international friendly match in June. This international friendly match was played in Mozambique.

In the 3rd minute; Mozambique took the lead through Lucia Mocambique after an assist from Deolinda Gove. Eswatini dominated the first half as Sitsebe created a lot of opportunities but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Both teams went for the half time break with Mozambique leading by an odd goal. In the 2nd half; Eswatini continued to apply more pressure to the Mozambicans as a result Eswatini scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute through Nomvula Sanga who out-paced the Mozambican defence from the half way mark and superbly placed the ball past the helpless Mozambican goalkeeper.

Eswatini took the lead in the 52nd minute through Tenanile Ngcamphalala after the Mozambican defence failed to clear the ball to safety. In the 57th minute; Phumzile Dlamini laid a perfect pass to Tenanile Ngcamphalala who unleashed a scorcher that was too much for the Mozambican goalkeeper as the ball went past her and it stoped at the back of the net. The scoreline was 3-1 up until the referee blew her final whistle. The player of the match was Mazwi Dube.

SIHLANGU HEAD COACH HAPPY ABOUT SIHLANGU’S STYLE OF PLAY

The Senior Men’s National team Head Coach, Kostadin Papic is very much satisfied with the style of play of Sihlangu SeMnikati however; he is also concerned about the lack of a win for the national team. “We are playing good football and creating a lot of chances to score unfortunately we are not converting most of the chances into goals which is why in most of the matches we played draws which is not characteristic to the style of football we play”; Papic said. He highlighted that in as much as people are criticising what they are doing and how they are doing it; they have the richest style and in that case they have to win the next match in Angola. He promised that in the second leg, they are going to try and win the match. “We are going to attack and surprise them”, Papic said.

The national team will leave for Angola with twenty (20) players which include both Sisekelo Matsenjwa and Allen Mabuza who won themselves their first full international caps during the first leg against Angola in the match that was played on home soil this past weekend. The big blow for Sihlangu is the unavailability of Sandile Gamedze who also missed the first leg due to an injury. “Sandile is not going to Angola after he failed a fitness test”, Papic said. Over and above this match, the coach he also highlighted that this year is going to be a busy year for the national team as from September to December they will be competing.

WE ARE READY TO FIGHT-SIHLANGU’S PLAYERS

The Sihlangu SeMnikati’s Captain Banele Dlamini, has highlighted that players are available and ready to fight for the nation. “Players are available and ready to fight for the nation”, Dlamini said. He made his remarks during training at the Technical Centre, preparing for second leg to be played against Angola on Saturday, 3rd August 2019 at the 12 000 seater Estadio dos Coqueiro in Luanda. Kick off for this international match is 1600 hrs (Angola time) which is 1700hrs (Eswatini time).The national team captain missed the first leg encounter due to an injury is confident enough that they will be able to eliminate the Angolans on their own backyard.  “We know we owe EmaSwati and we will make them proud in Angola. I urge EmaSwati to put us in their prayers as this match is very important to us as a country”, he added.

The Sihlangu skipper’s words were echoed by Fanelo Mamba who showed confidence which is a positive signal that they are ready for the match in Luanda, Angola. He highlighted that despite being under pressure to score goals away from home; they are equal to the challenge. “We are ready for the challenge. We have to be positive and deliver”, he said. Over and above, he stated that they won’t be intimidated by the 12th player in the stadium as they clearly know what they have to do in Angola in order for them to stay in the competition. “We won’t be intimidated by Angolan fans .We will focus on playing football and make sure that we deliver”, he added.

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