The FIFA MA Elite Coaching Course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) Vice President Mr Peter Simelane on Monday 15th July 2019 at Thokoza Church Centre in Mbabane. Other dignitaries present during this event were the FIFA Instructor; Honest Kriete from Germany, Technical Director (TD); Mr Bhekisisa Mkhonta and the participants to name just a few. There are thirty (30) participants/ coaches for this course and this is the first group to attend the FIFA Elite Coaching Course in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
When addressing the audience the Vice President of EFA welcomed the instructor and highlighted that football association is very much excited to note that the course is commencing at a high note. “I hope and pray that you will discharge your responsibilities accordingly as this will enhance the football development in the country”, the EFA’S Vice President said. He also acknowledged FIFA for assigning an instructor of Kriete’s calibre as he is a highly experienced facilitator. He further wished instructor and the coaches a success week.
Over and above, the instructor had some few words to share with the audience. He highlighted that he was very much honoured for the invite and to be the instructor of this course. “I am very much honoured and privileged to be here. I feel welcomed and I hope you are going to learn a lot from this course”, Kriete said.
This course will end on Friday 19th July 2019.
On Saturday, 6th July 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the U13 Build it National Championship at the Mavuso Sports Centre; and this event was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Sicalo, Minister of Tinkhundla David Ngcamphalala, Regional Administrator of the Shiselweni Region Paul Dlamini, EFA’s Executive Committee Members and Build it Senior Management just to mention but a few. A total of 42 goals were scored out of 12 matches. There were 7 pick teams that were competing for the national championship. These were the U13 pick teams from Mbabane,Nhlangano, Matsapha, Manzini, Piggs Peak, Buhleni and Siteki which are the places where the participating Build it stores are situated.
The Matsapha Buid it U13 Pick Team was crowned Champions after defeating Buhleni Build It U 13 Pick Team in the final by 3-1. Matsapha qualified to the finals after defeating Manzini by 2-1 whilst Buhleni were the finalist after winning against Nhlangano by 4-2. For their championship; Matsapha got gold medals, soccer boots, branded bags and a trophy whilst Buhleni got silver medals and branded bags.
The U13 national team player Andiswa Malaza who was playing for the Matsapha Build it Pick team was chosen as the best player of the 2018/19 Build it national championship. This youngster was a marvel to watch as he was always a treat to his opponents.
For his effort; he won himself an educational bursary worth E10 000.00, a bicycle and a trophy. “I am very much exited to be a champion and also the best player of the tournament. I thank Build it and the EFA for providing us with this platform where we display our football skills at a national phase”; Malaza said.
He made his mark whilst playing for Kaizer Chiefs FC before playing for an Italian side Udinese FC. This is Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe. When interviewed during the Build it U13 National Championship at the Mavuso Sports Centre; Siyabonga Nomvethe appreciated the talent showed by the youngsters. “These youngsters are very much talented and they have the potential to become world stars in the future”; Nomvethe said. This former Bafana Bafana striker highlighted that in order for them to achieve this; they have to work hard and stay away from drugs and other bad behaviours in life. Nomvethe also acknowledged Build it and the football association for this initiative as it provide a lot of opportunities to the youngsters as this may be the beginning of big things for them.
The Eswatini Football association (EFA) has acknowledged the Federation of International Football association (FIFA) for the perfectly implemented FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course that took place at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This was disclosed by the Vice President of EFA Mr. Peter Simelane.
“I would like to acknowledge the FIFA Expert, for the successful conclusion of this course. The football association is ecstatic to note that the course is finishing at a high note. I know that Dr. Dutta, as all FIFA expects would ordinarily do; has accorded our fitness coaches with unsurpassed technical knowledge to discharge their fitness responsibilities at various levels of our football business”; Simelane said.
The Vice President also highlighted that the football association is confident that these coaches will execute what they have learnt from this course to their football teams as they are expected to do so with the pre-season just around the corner. He reminded them about their key role in as far as preparing the players for the new football season is concerned. “Our fitness coaches are consequently reminded of their central role to adequately prepare our football players for a competitive football season”; Simelane said. The football association also acknowledge the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs and the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini for their religious support and investment into the game of football.
The FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course Instructor, Dr. Pradip Dutta has told the participants of the recently completed FIA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course to be updated at all times as football is a dynamic sport. He made this remarks during the closing ceremony of the FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course.
“You have to disturb the comfort zone inorder to achieve. It is very important that you raise your bar and have a dream in life so that you can achieve something”; Dutta said. The FIFA Instructor also told the Physical Fitness Coaches that as they finish the course; there is a lot of work for them as they have to go to their respective football teams and implement what they have learnt. “For you, it is not the end that you have finished the course; there is a lot of work that needs to be done as you have to execute and also analyse the training so that you can improve on a daily basis”; he said.
Ed Markey once said “Education is not only a ladder of opportunity, but is also an investment in our future”. This is exactly what FIFA is doing to the participants of the FIFA MA Physical Fitness Coaching Course that is currently underway at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. It is expected that after this course, the participants will have benefited from this course and also they will use the acquired knowledge in the development of football in the country.
This course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Vice President Mr. Peter Simelane who acknowledged FIFA for her role in the development of football in the country. “FIFA has done a lot for the country in as far as football development is concerned and as a football association; we very much acknowledge the world’s football governing body”; Simelane said. He highlighted that FIFA is not only facilitating football courses in the country; but is also developing football infrastructure thus contributing to the development of the country.
To the twenty-nine (29) participants; he highlighted to them that they must concentrate and acquire as much information as possible as the FIFA Instructor; Dr. Pradip Dutta is a vastly experienced and highly educated person. “To the participants; your level of concentration must be at the highest and also you must get as much information as possible from the FIFA Instructors as he is a highly qualified and experienced professional”; Simelane said.
The FIFA Instructor acknowledged the EFA for the warm hospitality since his arrival in the country and he is also looking forward to a successful course that will benefit the development of football in the country. This course will end on Friday after the closing ceremony that is scheduled for 1400hrs (2:00pm) local time.
The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has allocated E1.2 Million for all her member association. “The EFA has allocated E1.2 Million grant to be shared by all the 8 member associations under its auspice”; said the President of the EFA during the Ordinary General Assemble the was held on Sunday at the Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini. These member associations are the 4 Regional Associations, Premier League of Eswatini, Women Football Association, Coaches Association and the Referees Association. “This money will be distributed in varying amounts, depending on the nature of the business, to the various members of the football association”; Mthethwa said. According to the EFA President, the members will receive this grant in 2 equal parts; in February and in August of every year. “The first portion of 2019 has already been distributed to the members, with the second portion coming in August”; Mthethwa said.
The Eswatini Football association will continue helping clubs that will be competing in the CAF interclub competition. This was disclosed by the General Secretary (GS) of the Eswatini Football association (EFA), Mr Frederick Mngomezulu during the Ordinary General Assembly that was held on Sunday at the Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini. “The EFA in its 2019 and 2020 budget presented, it has allocated an amount of E500 000.00 towards the assistance of the clubs”, said the General Secretary (GS) of the EFA Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu. He clarified that the clubs will not be given the amount in cash, but items relating to the competitions will be financed for them until the amount is exhausted. “For an example, as has been the case before, the EFA will sometimes finance air tickets for match officials or even the flight/transport costs of the club, being items whose responsibility lies with the clubs”; Mngomezulu said.
With reference to the vehicle disposal which was part of the financial reporting of the EFA; the General Secretary (GS) of the football association, Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu has clarified the subject on the vehicle disposal. “The bus was not a subject of disposal at any point of the presentation. The bus was only featured in the justification of maintenance cost of vehicles of the organization in respect of its service and fuel, for which it was stated that it is a welcomed expenditure that will be maintained”; said Mngomezulu. He also stated that the bus has bought a huge saving on the transport costs as against the hiring of transport for all travels of national teams. “Even if the cost of maintaining it was high, it was still cheaper compared to hiring of buses. As is, the bus is still in excellent working condition for some years to come”; Mngomezulu concluded.