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THE NFAS EULOGIZES ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SWAZILAND NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS AND THE APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS TO CAF STANDING COMMITTEES

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) on behalf of the football family, expresses its sincere appreciation and humbleness for being selected as the Best Association and further congratulates the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati); the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NFAS; Mbabane Swallows FC Head Coach, Mr. Thabo Vilakati; Sihlangu SeMnikati and Mbabane Swallows Skipper, Tony Tsabedze; and former Sihlangu SeMnikati Head Coach, Mr. Harries Bulunga for their respective achievements during the maiden Swaziland National Sports Awards.

 

The NFAS was selected as the Best Association, Sihlangu SeMnikati as the Best Team, CEO of the NFAS as the Best Sports Administrator, Mr. Thabo Vilakati as the Best Coach whilst Mr. Harries Bulunga was chosen by the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs in the category of Lifetime Awards.

 

On another note, the NFAS further congratulates the President of the NFAS, Senator Adam Mthethwa and the CEO, of the NFAS, Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu, for their respective appointments into the Confederation of African Football (CAF) standing committees. The President was appointed into the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Organising Committee whilst the CEO was appointed into the Legal Affairs and National Associations Committee.

 

These tremendous achievements are an indication that our football is maturing both technically and administratively. Additionally, such achievements also show the great contribution of the game of football in the practice and upliftment of the sporting industry domestically and beyond. 

SIHLANGU SEMNIKATI WILL BE IN FULL TIME CAMP DURING THE FIFA WEEK

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) will be in full time camp during the upcoming FIFA international week which will commence on the 6th -14th November 2017 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. The national team players are expected to report for this training camp by 1400hrs (2:00pm) on Monday, 6th November 2017.

When addressing the media during a press conference at Sigwaca House, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) highlighted that this is part of the national team’s preparations for the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match against Tunisia on home soil on the 27th March 2017. During this training camp, the national team is expected to play at least one international friendly match. “This training camp is part of the preparations for the Tunisia and other TOTAL AFCON matches plus the COSAFA competition and as part of this preparations, it is scheduled that the national team will play 2 or at least 1 international friendly match (s)”, said the CEO of the NFAS. Currently the NFAS is working around the clock in finding oppositions for the national teams.

The CEO also reminded the clubs and selected player to honour national team call ups irrespective of their conditions as they will be assessed by the national team doctor when they report for camp. Players who don’t honour national team call ups will be punished by the NFAS as per the statutes of the NFAS regarding players’ call ups to the national team.

The list of players to report for camp are as follows:

 

NAME OF PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

Phephisani Msibi

Royal Leopards

Goalkeeper

Khanyakwezwe Shabalala

Matsapha United

Goalkeeper

Sandanezwe Mathabela

Manzini Sundowns

Goalkeeper

Nhlanhla Gwebu

Young Buffaloes

Goalkeeper

Sifiso Mabila

Mbabane Swallows

Defender

Mandla Palma

Mbabane Swallows

Defender

Sanele Mkhweli

Mbabane Swallows

Defender

Mncedisi Dlamini

Mbabane Highlanders

Defender

Siboniso Mamba

Young Buffaloes

Defender

Siboniso Ndzabandzaba

Tambuti

Defender

Sandile Dlamini

Manzini Sundowns

Defender

Simphiwe Manana

Mbabane Highlanders

Defender

Wandile Maseko

Young Buffaloes

Defender

Ndumiso Ndaba

Mbabane Swallows

Defender

Vusi Vilakati

Mbabane Highlanders

Defender

Menzi Simelane

Moneni Pirates

Defender

Mncedisi  Poto Dlamini

Vovovo

Defender

Menzi Sithole

Mbabane Highlanders

Midfielder

Wonder Nhleko

Mbabane Swallows

Midfielder

Njabulo Ndlovu

Mbabane Swallows

Midfielder

Tony Tsabedze

Mbabane Swallows

Midfielder

Sifiso Matse

Manzini Wanderers

Midfielder

Mancoba Maseko

Midas City

Midfielder

Banele Mdluli

Green Mamba

Striker

Sandile Hlatshwako

Mbabane Swallows

Striker

Barry Stenkamp

Royal Leopards

Striker

Felix Badenhorst

Mbabane Swallows

Striker

Justice Figereito

Manzini Sundowns

Striker

Bongani Dlamini

Royal Leopards

Striker

Sifiso Mazibuko

Young Buffaloes

Striker

 

 

SIHLANGU HEAD COACH IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A FRUITFUL CAMP

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) Head Coach, Pieter De Jongh is looking forward to a fruitful training camp during the FIFA international week as from the 6th -14th October 2017. When speaking during a press conference at Sigwaca House, the head coach stated that, this training camp is also part of the preparations for the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match against Tunisia early next year, and he is also looking forward to a fruitful training camp. “This is part of the preparations for the Tunisia match and I am looking forward to a fruitful training camp just like the previous one, however; the only difference with this one is that we will have at least one international friendly match”, he said.

The head coach also highlighted that as technical staff of the national team, they have an idea of what they want for the national team in the future. “The main aim is to get maximum points against Tunisia”, he said.

SITSEBE SAMHLEKAZI TO INTENSIFY TOTAL AFCON PREPARATIONS

The senior Women’s National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) will intensify the preparations for the upcoming TOTAL AFCON Qualifiers against Lesotho. This was highlighted by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) during a press conference that was held at Sigwaca House in Mbabane. This will be the maiden appearance of the women’s national team in the AFCON competition.

Sitsebe SaMhlekazi will play against Lesotho early next year in a two-legged encounter with the winner to play against South Africa which will also be a two-legged encounter. The winners of the second round of qualifiers will qualify for the finals to be held in November 2018. These finals will be hosted by Ghana.

The women’s national team is expected to report in camp after the finalization of the training programme that will assist Sitsebe SaMhlekazi to prepare for this competition. “We are still drawing up the programme that will help the Women’s national team to prepare for the TOTAL AFCON Qualifiers as we want the national team to give it their best shot and achieve positive results”, said the CEO.  He also highlighted that the participation of Sitsebe SaMhlekazi in such competitions enriches the development of Women’s football in the country. “Our participation in such competitions will enhance the growth of women’s football in the country as the players will be motivated to play under the Women’s Football League (WFL) in order for them to be selected to play for Sitsebe SaMhlekazi” said the CEO of the NFAS.

OFFICIAL SITE HANDOVER FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE FIFA GOAL PROJECT IV AT KALANGA

The Site Handover for the implementation of the Lubombo Technical Centre which is under the FIFA Goal Project IV was officially done at KaLanga in Siteki. This is where the new Technical Centre of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) will be based. The constructors of this project are MO Mkhabela & Associates and Homeboyz- TCS JV. Present during this event was the President of the NFAS; Senator Adam Mthethwa, Vice President of the NFAS and Chairman of the Finance Committee; Mr. Peter Simelane and the Chief Executive Officer of the NFAS; Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu.

This handover event symbolizes the commencement of the construction part of the project which is expected to take seven (7) months. Making the presentation on behalf of the constructors was Mr. Zwelithini Mkhabela who highlighted to the Executive Committee Members of the NFAS on how the whole project will be implemented. He stated that the site establishment will be in place in space of two (2) weeks. “The site establishment will be in place within 2 weeks”, he said.

The progress report will be available as construction work is done. The construction program will also be in place for the duration of the contract with site meetings being held every after 3 weeks. The scope of works includes the main constructors’ works and the provisional sums/specialist works. Some of the main constructors’ works are the basement houses which include 2 identical dressing rooms, first aid and referees rooms just to mention few. The ground floor includes the reception area, staff kitchen and administration blocks amongst others. The provisional sums/ specialist works consists of the electrical installation, roofing covering, water proofing and soccer pitch just to mention a few.

This infrastructure development follows the construction of the Technical Centre in Lobamba, King Sobhuza II Stadium and the extension of the Sigwaca House which will act as a commercial wing for the NFAS.

THE TRAINING CAMP WAS GOOD -PIETIER DE JONGH

The Senior Men's National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) Head Coach, Pietier De Jongh is very pleased with the training camp of the national team that ended on Sunday; 8th October 2017 as he was able to see new players who are from the U 20 National team. “This was a positive training camp as it involved new players from the U20s Men National Team". This training camp was part of the national team's preparations for the the upcoming TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match against Tunisia in the 27th March 2018 on home soil. These players are Vovovo FC defender, Mncedisi Dlamini and Mbabane Highlanders FC defender, Vusi Vilakati. This is positive sign for the future of the national team.

In this training camp, the focus was on the enrichment of the national team players' on their technical and tactical capabilities when it comes to the national team. The physical fitness , speed, player discipline, player management and cooperation were some of the areas that the players were trained on. "It is very important for the players to know the intention , what's best and what it means to be a national team player", said the coach. The coach is positive that the young players learnt a lot from this training camp more especially from the experienced players like Captain Tony Tsabedze, Mandla Palma and Nhlanhla Gwebu just to mention a few.

The next training camp will be from the 6th- 14th November 2017.

THE FIFA MA ADMINISTRATION COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSED

The FIFA MA Administration Course that was held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba as from Monday,2nd –Friday 6th October 2017 was officially closed by the President of the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS); Senator Adam Mthethwa. This happened in the presence of the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Jacquer Desire Laval Malie, Chief Executive Officer of the NFAS; Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu and the Technical Director of The NFAS; Mr. Bhekisisa Mkhonta. Just to mention a few.

In his remarks, the President of the NFAS thanked the FIFA Instructor for sharing his knowledge to the participants. “Thank you very much Mr. FIFA Instructor for sharing your knowledge to the participants as this was a vital course for our football”, he said. Since the main mandate of the NFAS is to develop and regulate football in the country, the President of the NFAS also urged the participants to enhance the football association’s effort in that endeavour. “Let’s work together for the common goal of the NFAS which is to develop and regulate football in the country”, he said. He finally congratulated the participants for being part of this vital course since it started up to the end.

Also addressing the audience was the FIFA Instructor who expressed his joy towards the successful implementation of this course. “Thank you to everyone for the successful conclusion of this course as it went according to plan and also thank you to the participants for the good corporation”, he said. The FIFA Instructor also highlighted the importance of club licensing as it will enrich the football development in the country. “All stakeholders must implement the club licensing as it will enrich the football development in the country. “All stakeholders must implement the club licensing requirements as it will improve the local game of football”, he said. He also urged the participants to share the knowledge that they got from this course to the other personnel in football in order for the administration of the game to be enhanced.

Speaking on behalf of the participants was Mr. Sifiso Shabalala who thanked FIFA and the NFAS for facilitating and giving them this opportunity to be participants of this significant course. “Thank you FIFA andNFAS for this course as we benefited a lot and also thank you Mr. FIFA Instructor for sharing your knowledge to us”, he said. With this knowledge, he urged his colleagues to make football the winner.

EXPRESSION OF HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BUILD IT FAMILY

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) and the entire football family, would like to extend its sincere and heartfelt condolences and symbol of solidarity to the Build it Family and most extensively the Ismail Family, relatives and friends for the establishment of this shocking tragedy that claimed the life of Mr. Cassim Ismail on Saturday at the Malagwane Hill. This is a great loss to football as he was a very much supportive towards football development in the country considering the fact that he was one of the pioneers of the NFAs/Build it U 13’s football competition since its inception in 2005. Mr. Cassim Ismail was a great supporter of the development of junior players in the country.

 

Like the rest of the public, the NFAS still cannot comprehend the dreadful tragedy but believe that God Almighty will afford solace and reassurance to all affected at such a depressing instant. The NFAS, at this instance, express its symbol of solidarity and best wishes of recovery to all affected and speedily recovery to all affected families, society and establishments from his demise.

FIFA MA ADMINISTRATION COURSE OFFICIALLY OPENED

The FIFA MA Administration Course that is currently taking place, was officially opened by the President of the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS); Senator Adam Mthethwa in an event that was held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Present during this event was the Chief Executive Officer of the NFAS; Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu, the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Jacquer Desire Laval Malie and the Technical Director (TD) of the NFAS just to mention a few.

When addressing the audience, the President of the NFAS, compared this course as a mini-congress due to the presence of the Executive Members from the different members of the NFAS amongst the participants. He also highlighted to the participants about the importance of knowledge in football. “It is very important to equip ourselves with the knowledge of football as we have a huge responsibility of improving our football”, he said. In conclusion, the President of the NFAS expressed his gratitude on behalf of the NFAS to FIFA for the continuous support towards the development of football in the country.

The FIFA Instructor also had some words to share with the audience during the event. He thanked the NFAS for the great hospitality since his arrival in the country and also shared his delight in as far as the progress in the local game of football is concerned. “I am very thankful to the NFAS for the wonderful hospitality since my arrival and I am also impressed with the  progress of your game as I enjoyed top class football at the Somhlolo National Stadium”, he said. The FIFA Instructor also stated that without good administration, there is no possible development in football, thus the importance of such coursed. The FIFA Instructor also shared his delight to the NFAS for hosting this course as it also facilitates the sharing of experiences.

SIHLANGU SEMNIKATI PLAYERS FOR THE UPCOMING TRAINING CAMP

The Senior National team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) will be in full time training camp during this upcoming FIFA International week. This training camp will commence on Monday, 2nd - Tuesday, 10th October 2017 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. It is part of the national team’s preparations for the upcoming TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier match against Tunisia on home soil, which will be played on the 28th March 2017. The list of players due for this training camp is as follows:

 

  1. Sandanezwe Mathabela                                 :Mbabane Swallows FC
  2. Nhlanhla Gwebu                                             :Young Buffaloes FC
  3. Phephisani Msibi                                             :Royal Leopards FC
  4. Khanyakwezwe Shabalala                              :Matsapha United FC
  5. Sifiso Mabila                                                   :Mbabane Swallows FC
  6. Sanele Mkhweli                                              :Mbabane Swallows FC
  7. Mandla Palma                                                :Mbabane Swallows FC
  8. Siboniso Mamba                                            :Young Buffaloes FC
  9. Samkeliso Lushaba                                        :Young Buffaloes FC
  10. Wandile Maseko                                             :Young Buffaloes FC
  11. Siphiwe Manana                                             :Mbabane Highlanders FC
  12. Vusi Vilakati                                                    :Mbabane Highlanders FC
  13. Mncedisi Dlamini                                            :Mbabane Highlanders FC
  14. Sandile Dlamini                                              :Manzini Sundowns FC
  15. Sifiso Maseko                                                 :Matsapha United FC
  16. Mncedisi Dlamini                                            :Vovovo FC
  17. Sibiniso Ndzabandzaba                                 :Tambuti FC
  18. Sifiso Matse                                                   :Manzini Wanderers FC
  19. Njabulo Ndlovu                                              :Mbabane Swallows FC
  20. Tony Tsabedze                                              :Mbabane Swallows FC
  21. Sandile Gamedze                                          :Young Buffaloes FC
  22. Menzi Sithole                                                 :Mbabane Highlanders FC
  23. Felix Bendenhost                                           :Mbabane Swallows FC
  24. Sandile Hlatshwako                                       :Mbabane Swallows FC
  25. Berry Stenkamp                                             :Royal Leopards FC
  26. Bonginkosi Dlamini                                        :Royal Leopards FC
  27. Justice Figereito                                             :Manzini Sundowns FC
  28. Banele Mdluli                                                 :Green Mamba FC
  29. Mncoba Maseko                                             :Midas City FC

 

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