The Senior Men’s National Team, Sihlangu SeMnikati left the country by road for OR Tambo International Airport where they will connect a flight to Seychelles for an International Friendly Match. This match will be played on Tuesday, 27th Match 2018 and they are expected back home on Thursday, 29th March 2018. The travelling delegation is headed by an Executive Member of the National Football association of Swaziland, Mr. Mlimi Mamba. He leads a delegation of 21 players and 6 officials.
The President of the NFAS, Senator Adam Mthethwa has told the technical bench of Sihlangu SeMnikati to win the match against Seychelles even though it is an international friendly match. “Even if this is an international friendly match, we want positive results from Seychelles”, he said. The NFAS President also reminded the national team that the game of football is also a vehicle to market the country thus the results of an international match are of high importance.
Having said that, he motivated the players by giving them credit on playing football until they reach the international level where they play for the senior national team. “It is an honour to play for the national team as it is the pinnacle of every player”, he said. Finally he told the players to play for the country as the nation wants results.
The Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) has acknowledged the NFAS for facilitating the training camp and the international friendly match against Seychelles. The coach is who will lead the national team for the first time since becoming the interim head coach of Sihlangu SeMninkati is very much optimistic about the future of the national team as there is new blood in the squad which is working very hard. “We hope we will achieve our mandate as the technical bench of the national team as the NFAS is very much supportive and also the new players in the team who have joined the experienced ones are also working very hard in bring positive results for the nation”, he said.
He also highlighted that in as far as this international friendly match is concerned; their aim is to come back with positive results. The major aim for the coach is to make the national team get positive results in order to make the fans happy. “Our aim is to make the national team get positive results in order to win the confidence of the nation”, he concluded.
The Senior Men National Team Head Coach has named 23 players for the FIFA week training camp that is held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Mbabane Swallows and Royal Leopards Football Clubs players that could have been selected are not part of the team as they are due to play in the finals of the Ingwenyama Cup SMVAF Cup Final. The players that were selected for the national team are as follows:
Nhlanhla Gwebu (Young Buffaloes), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Matsapha United), Sidumo Shongwe (Mbabane Highlanders), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes), Mpendula Dlamini (Young Buffaloes), Linda Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes), Mphumuzi Ginindza (Green Mamba), Simphiwe Manana (Mbabane Highlanders), Wandile Maseko (Young Buffaloes), Siboniso Mamba (Young Buffaloes) Banele Dlamini (Green Mamba), Menzi Simelane (Moneni Pirates) Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes), Mphile Tsabedze (Young Buffaloes), Sihle Mkhonta (Manzini Wanderers), Musa Dlamini (Green Mamba), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes), Mthunzi Mkhontfo (Green Mamba), Sifiso Mazibuko (Young Buffaloes), Sandumuzi Zwane (Manzini Sundowns) and Banele Mdluli (Green Mamba).
The national team is using this training camp to prepare for the upcoming international competitions which are the COSAFA Cup and the TOTAL AFCON Qualifiers later this year.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has appointed new personnel for the technical benches of the national teams. These personnel are as follows:
Senior Men National Team: Anthony Mdluli (Interim Head Coach), Caleb Ngwenya (Assistant Coach), Musa Manyatsi (Goalkeeper Coach) and Sithembiso Shona (Fitness Coach)
Senior Women National Team: Fisiwe Hlaophe (Head Coach), Nokuthula Dlamini (Assistant Coach), Christian Thwala (Fitness Coach) and Bongani Dladla (Goalkeeper Coach).
U20 Men National Team: Dumsani Makhanya (Head Coach), Edwin Matsebula (Assistant Coach), Njabuliso Simelane (Goalkeeper Coach) and Siyabonga Bhembhe (Fitness Coach).
U20 Women National Team: Nokuthula Dlamini (Head Coach), Nkosinathi Sibandze (Assistant Coach), Christian Thwala (Fitness Coach) and Bongani Dladla (Goalkeeper Coach).
U17 Men National Team: Velekhaya Mthethwa (Head Coach), Nsindiso Gama (Assistant Coach), Bright Nxumalo (Goalkeeper Coach) and Dennis Fakudze (Fitness Coach).
U17 Women National Team: Promise Vilakati (Head Coach), Nkosinathi Lukhele (Assistant Coach0, Ronnie Ginindza (Fitness Coach) and Sukoluhle Sibandze (Goalkeeper Coach)
Last year, Mbabane Swallows FC was the first football club to qualify for the group stages of the TOTAL CAF Confederation Cup and their heroics in African football continued this past weekend when they became the first local side to qualify for the group stages of the supreme inter- club competition (TOTAL CAF Champions League) in Africa. They did so at the expense of Zanaco FC from Zambia whom on paper were expected to qualify after eliminating them by an aggregate score of 3-1 after the local football club won in Zambia by 2-1 before winning its local match against the Zambians by an odd goal.
Football being the beautiful game is won by creating and converting your chances and this is what Mbabane Swallows FC did. This success brought smiles to the nation at large and this will definitely enhance our football brand as some of the players competing in this competition are also playing for the senior national team of which they will be of great value when it comes to international football.
Once again, we salute you Maswaiswai and all the best as you continue with your heroics in Africa on behalf of the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The Pick N Pay brand has invested to the youth of the country through football by sponsoring the Primary Schools’ Football Development Programme. This sponsorship is in a form football material to the value of E300 000.00. These materials include soccer kits and balls that will be used by the participating schools during this football development programme.
According to Prakash Parsad from Pick n Pay, this sponsorship is part of their brand’s promotional initiative that will run for 7 weeks. “As part of our promotion, the Pick n Pay brand decided to partner with the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), in developing football more especially at grassroots level”, he said. It is expected that a total of 42 primary schools along the Mbabane- Manzini corridor will participate in a 2-day competition which will be played on the 2nd and 9th June 2018 at the Somhlolo National Stadium and Mavuso Sports Centre respectively. This partnership between the National Football Association of Swaziland and Pick n Pay in as far as this football development programme is concerned, is a pilot as the aim is for it to be implemented country-wide in condition that this initial one is a success.
As a result of this investment by Pick n Pay, the NFAS has expressed its excitement about this football development programme. “The NFAS is very much exited this football development programme as it enhances the football association’s effort in developing the sport in the country”, said the President of the NFAS; Senator Adam Mthethwa.
The launch of the Pick n Pay Primary Schools’U15s Football Development Programme. These were Honourable Minister David Ngcamphalala who is the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture and Honourable Minister Phineas Magagula who is the Minister of Education and Training. The presence of both ministers’ this event, showed government’s support towards football development in the country.
The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs highlighted His Majesty’s Government towards the development of football in the country and the role that the private sector can play in doing so. His Majesty’s Government encourages such investments as they enhance the development of the sport in the country”, he said.
On the other hand, the Minister of Education and Training, also expressed His Majesty’s Government’s support and excitement towards this initiative. “This sport promotes discipline, self-motivation, team work and physical fitness which is very much key in the development of a child, thus as government, we are very much happy and excited with this football development programme’’, he said.
The Vice President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) who is also the Chairman of the Swazi bank Cup Managing Committee (MC) has highlighted that the game of football is the best marketing vehicle for any product. “Football is the best marketing vehicle for any product”, he said.
This was during the lunch of the teams’ PROs that was facilitated by Swazi Bank at the Royal Villas in Ezulwini. He also highlighted that so far this competition is progressing very well. Finally the Chairman of the Swazi Bank Cup MC urged the nation to support the bank with a heart by buying the various products that it offers.
The sponsor of the Swazi Bank Cup, which is the bank with a heart, is very much pleased with the progress of the competition thus far. This was elaborated by the Managing Director (MD) of the bank, Mr. Zakhele Lukhele during the lunch for the PROs of the football clubs involved in the competition which was held at the Royal Villas in Ezulwini. “Swazi Bank is very much happy with the progress of the competition thus far”, said the MD of Swazi Bank.
He also acknowledged the huge support of the clubs and their fans who are the very same consumers of football and the bank’s products for their roles that they play during this competition as they create an entertaining atmosphere in the stadiums. “As part of the competition, there are heart breaks and that is part of the competition as in football there has to be winners and losers simultaneously of which credit must go to the teams and their fans for accepting the results as they unfold”, he said.
Finally, he acknowledged the PROs for their efforts in promoting the competition who also reciprocated that by declaring their excitement in the partnership that the bank has with football over the years as it came with a lot of innovation that accommodated all the stakeholders of the competition.