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SENATOR ADAM MTHETHWA RETAINS THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) held its Ordinary General Assembly on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini. The highlight of this meeting was the elections of the Executive Members of the NFAS for the next 4 years. These elections were conducted by Mr Mbuso Simelane who is a senior Mbabane based attorney. The positions that were contested for are, the Presidency, Vice- Presidency (2 positions) and Executive Committee Members (2 positions).

The nominees for the Presidential position were Senator Adam Mthethwa who got 28 votes, Mr Timothy Shongwe who got 11 votes and Mr Mashumi Shongwe who got 9 votes. These results confirmed Senator Adam Mthethwa as the President of the NFAS for the next 4 years. “I am very much humbled to the football family for their confidence in me, by voting for me to be the President of the NFAS for the next four years”, said Senator Adam Mthethwa after retaining his position.

As for the Vice President positions, there were 4 nominees who were, Mr Nicodimus Mashwama, Dr Comfort Shongwe, Johannes Siboza and Peter Simelane. The winners were Dr Comfort Shongwe who got 38 votes and Mr Peter Simelane who got 31 votes. Mr Nicodimus Mashwama got 18 votes and Mr Siboza got 8 votes.

The last 2 positions to be elected for on the day was that of the Executive Committee Members which were contested for by, Mr Elphas Ngcamphalala, Mr Philip Dlamini, Mr Sikhumbuzo Dlamini, Mr  Jerry Gamedze, Mr Steve Horton, Mr Njabulo Mabuza, Mr Peter Magagula and Mr Sabelo Kunene. The eventual winners for these 2 positions were Mr Philip Dlamini after round 2 with 28 votes and MP Sikhumbuzo Dlamini with the same number of votes after round 4. This was after no candidate was able to have the required number of votes in the 3rd round.

PREVIEW OF THE 2016/2017 MTN PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

Mbabane Swallows FC is the current Champions of the MTN Premier League after winning all their league matches. Out of twenty two (22) league matches, they were able to win nineteen (19) and drew only three (3) matches. This resulted in the club accumulating a total of sixty points (60). They claimed the league with twenty three (23) points ahead of the runners up club which is Young Buffaloes FC. To be precise, it was a one horse race as Mbabane Swallows played their last match as champions.

This club was able to score a total of fifty eight (58) goals and conceded fifteen (15) goals. They scored the highest number of goals and conceded the least number of goals in the 2016/2017 MTN Premier League season. The top goal scorer for the past season was Mbabane Swallows prolific striker, Sabelo Ndzinisa with nineteen (19) goals. “This success was due to hard work and the support from the Mbabane Swallows family”, he said after being presented his awards. Their championship triumph equalled the 17-year-old record of their rival, Mbabane Highlanders FC who ended the 1999/2000 season unbeaten in the league that was then sponsored by Castle Lager.

The Coach of the Season who is Mbabane Swallows FC’s Head Coach, Thabo Vilakati attested this success to proper planning that they did as a team. “This success was achieved through proper planning and hard work from the pre-season up to date. As a team, we had an early pre-season than our competitors and we focused on one match at a time”, said Thabo Vilakati. Their mandate was to get maximum points per match of which that was achieved and the rest was history. “In the game of football, consistency is key, and that’s what made us to be pace setters from the first to the last matches of the league”, he added. The Head Coach also highlighted that; they kept on reminding the players about their mandate as a team in order for them to stay focus, and also their level of fitness was closely monitored throughout the season.

For such a record, Mbabane Swallows FC also received congratulatory remarks from the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs who said, “Mbabane Swallows FC has proven that they are miles ahead of their competitors in the league and finishing the campaign unbeaten is another milestone in their ever shining stars”.  The sponsors, MTN Swaziland also congratulate the crowned champions and also highlighted that they are very much happy with the partnership that they have with football as a brand.

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM STARTS PREPARATIONS FOR THE COSAFA WOMEN’S FOOTBALL COMPETITION

The Senior Women National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) will as from  Sunday, 25th June 2017 starts its preparations for the COSAFA Women’s Football Competition to be hosted by Zimbabwe as from the 13th -24th September 2017. This initial training camp will be for two (2) weeks as it will end after the international friendly match against the Basotho Senior Women National Team at home, which will be played on the second weekend of July 2017. The camp base will be at Mphophoma in Malkerns.

After this camp, the national team will have the second and third training camps respectively. The second training camp is scheduled to take place as from the 11th-23rd July 2017 with the third one as from the 31st -13th August 2017. The final training camp will commence as from the 21st August 2017 up to the day the national team returns from the COSAFA Women Competition. It is planed that Sitsebe SaMhlekazi will have some international friendly matches during these training camps and more information pertaining those games will follow in due course.

Support

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) urges its stakeholders and the nation at large to support Sitsebe SaMhlekazi as it prepares and compete in the COSAFA Women’s Football Competition. The list of players to report for the initial training camp is as follows:

 

 

Name

Club

Gcinile Dlamini

Leopard

Sukoluhle Sibandze

Buffaloes

Nokwanda Mamba

Buffaloes

Sibongile Ngwenya

Buffaloes

Nokuthula Dlamini

Buffaloes

Lungile Dlamini

Buffaloes

Sikuphi Khumalo

Buffaloes

Nonhlanhla Mazibuko

Leopard

Mazwi Dube

Wanderers

Eunice Gule

Divas

Bonsile Sihlongonyane

Buffaloes

Nombuso Mamba

Mbekelweni

Tibonile Dlamini

Wanderers

Sikholiwe Magagula

Wanderers

Nqobile Dlamini

Buffaloes

Phumzile Dlamini

Leopard

Nosimilo Khumalo

Leopards

Buhle Mdluli

Buffaloes

Celiwe Nkambule

Buffaloes

Cebile Shongwe

Buffaloes

Simphiwe Simelane

Leopard

Ncamsile Shongwe

Tuks

Eunice Mbuli

Leopard

Nomkhosi Dlamini

Leopard

Nomvula Sanga

Wanderers

Sylvia Martins

Buffaloes

Welile Nxumalo

Wanderers

Noxolo Malinga

Buffaloes

Bonsile Sihlongonyane

Buffaloes

Sihle Simelane

TUT

Nompumelelo Magagula

Leopards

INTERMEDIARIES REPORT FOR 2016/17 FOOTBALL SEASON

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), processed more than 28 transfers through International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) this past football season (2016/17). However, the transfers   amounted to +/_  $90 000.00, there were no intermediaries involved.



FIFA CONNECT WORKSHOPS

This upcoming football season, the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) will implement the on-line registration of football players known as FIFA Connect. As a way to facilitate this exercise, the NFAS will host the FIFA Connect Registration Workshop for the relevant NFAS’s affiliates’ members. These affiliates are the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS), Regional Associations and Women Football League. The members of these affiliates are urged to attend these workshops as they are very essential for their registration as the FIFA Connect Registration is the only registration process that will be used from this season onwards, thus failure to attend will lead to registration challenges. The schedule of the FIFA Connect Registration Workshop is as follows:

This upcoming football season, the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) will implement the on-line registration of football players known as FIFA Connect. As a way to facilitate this exercise, the NFAS will host the FIFA Connect Registration Workshop for the relevant NFAS’s affiliates’ members. These affiliates are the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS), Regional Associations and Women Football League. The members of these affiliates are urged to attend these workshops as they are very essential for their registration as the FIFA Connect Registration is the only registration process that will be used from this season onwards, thus failure to attend will lead to registration challenges. The schedule of the FIFA Connect Registration Workshop is as follows:

 

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REGION/LEAGUE

DATE

VENUE

TIME

1

Hhohho (Southern)

24/06/17

Sigwaca

0900hrs

2

 

Manzini 1st Group

Manzini 2nd Group

01/07/17

02/07/17

TBA

0900hrs

3

Lubombo 1st Group

Lubombo 2nd Group

08/07/17

09/07/17

TBA

0900hrs

4

Premier League of Swaziland

12/07/17

Sigwaca

1800hrs

5

National First Division League

19/07/17

Sigwaca

1800hrs

6

Shiselweni 1st Group

Shiselweni 2nd Group

29/07/17

30/07/17

TBA

0900hrs

7

Hhohho (Northern)

22/07/17

TBA

0900hrs

8

Junior Leagues

26/07/17

Sigwaca

1800hrs

9

Women Football League

05/08/17

Sigwaca

0900hrs

 

THE NFAS PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGES THE ROLE PLAYED BY MTN, PLS AND THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL FAMILY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY

The National Football Association of Swaziland’s (NFAS) President, Senator Adam Mthethwa has acknowledged the role played by the MTN Premier League Sponsors (MTN Swaziland) and the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) for their tremendous role in as far as football development is in the country is  concerned. He made these remarks during the 2016/2017 Premier and National First Division Leagues Prize Presentation Ceremony held at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre on Thursday, 15th June 2017.

“I therefore from the onset, would like to direct our candid merit to MTN Swaziland, for the generous sponsorship and investment accorded to the senior and national leagues of Swaziland”, said the President of the NFAS. He also highlighted that the football family remains absolutely connected to MTN Swaziland due to her religious investment in football over the period, thus the NFAS as the football household assures the sponsors the support, protection and perseverance in the subsistence of this great partnership.

Also, the NFAS’s President acknowledged the PLS brand for the implementation of a very well-coordinated competitions. “We also take this moment and time, to congratulate the PLS Chairman and Vice President of the NFAS; his Executive Committee, the PLS Board of Governors and Staff for the accomplishing the league competitions mandated under their auspice, for which this ceremony has been hosted”, said the President of the NFAS. Having said that, he also reminded the PLS about the scarcity of time to rest as the new season is just around the corner conceding that the football family is hoping to see an even better league in the forthcoming season.

Senator Adam Mthethwa also congratulated the Winners of the various prizes and also the Champions of the two (2) leagues, Matsapha United FC for the National First Division League and Mbabane Swallows FC, for the Premier League. Lastly, he acknowledged the Competitions Committee, Clubs’ Administrators, Coaches, Referees, Spectators and the Media, all of whom expended their energies towards the accomplishment of the leagues, in their various individual and group capacities throughout the football season.

NFAS PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WATCHED SRFA PLAY-OFFS

NFAS PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS  WATCHED THE SHISELWENI REGIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION’S PLAY-OFFS

The President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Mr Adam Mthethwa and some Executive Members of the NFAS watched an entertaining football match during the Shiselweni Regional Football Association’s play-offs second leg clash between Black Aces FC and Mahlalini FC on Sunday 11th June 2017 at the King Sobhuza Memorial Stadium in Nhlangano. This marked the end of the NFAS and Rainbow Stationery sponsored football competition for the 2016/2017 season.

Mahlalini FC came to this match at an advantage as they were leading by 3-0 which was the score-line for the first leg played a week earlier. Black Aces did try to fight back as they won the second leg encounter by 2-1. This made the aggregate score to be 4-2 in favour of Mahlalini FC, which implies that, this club has gained its promotion to the MTN First Division and they also won a E11 000.00 and a floating trophy. Black Aces FC got the runners’ up prize of E8 000.00. The promotion of this club has increased the number of Shiselweni clubs campaigning in the MTN First Division to three (3). The other two (2) clubs are Hlathikulu Tycoons FC and Amalanda FC.

 

SIHLANGU SEMNIKATI IS BACK HOME

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) has safely returned

back home after a long trip to Niger for an away 2019 AFCON qualifier Match in Niamey, Niger.

When addressing the media, the Head of Delegation, Mr Johannes Siboza reported that the trip was a success as they were able to come back home safely and every member of the delegation is healthy. “We had a safe trip and everyone is okay”, he said. He also elaborated that the national team had a good game as it was unlucky not to come back with a win. Lastly he urged the nation and the media to continue supporting the Nation’s Pride.

The Head Coach of the National Team, Pieter De Jongh through his Assistant Coach, Anthony Mdluli, praised the players for playing very well under very harsh conditions as it was very hot. “The lads played very well as the aim was win the match, however a draw is still okay as the target is to get eleven points at the end of the campaign”, he said.

Tony ‘TT’ Tsabedze, the National Team’s Captain, echoed the coach’s words as he also highlighted that the aim was to win this match. “We were all out for a win; however we ended up getting a draw which is also fine. Credit must be given to the lads and the technical bench for this valuable point away from home”, he said. He also thanked the nation for their support as they were aware that they were with the national team in their prayers. Lastly, he stated that they will put more effort so that they win their home matches in order to increase the chances of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Cameroon as anything is possible in football.



 

FIFA FITNESS COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSED

 FIFA FITNESS COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSED

The FIFA Fitness Course that was held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba was officially closed

by the President of the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS), Senator Adam Mthethwa. When addressing the gathering, the President of the NFAS congratulated the participants for successfully completing the course and acknowledged the support from FIFA.

“I would like to congratulate the participants for completing the course and also acknowledge the support from FIFA in as far as football development is concerned”, said the President of the NFAS. He also encouraged the participants by telling them that if they show some hunger in developing themselves football wise, FIFA is always available for support. “If you do, FIFA does”, he said. Lastly, he told the participants that they have to be proud of their achievements as they are key in football development as they do the implementation.

Also addressing the audience was the FIFA Instructor, Mr Gary Philips, who encouraged the participants to be always hungry for more knowledge. “Education is a lifelong process”, he said. He also told the participants to apply what they have learnt as fitness is a key priority in football. He reminded them that, their main mandate as fitness coaches is to improve the performance of players. He also thanked the participants for their attention during the course and wished them all the best.

Speaking on behalf of the participants was Mr Wilton Mamba who notified the President of the NFAS and the audience that the course was very intensive and an eye opener for them at the same time. “Before this course, we thought that fitness was about running, but we have realised that it has to balance with football technics and tactics”, he said. Lastly he thanked the football association for the provision of such courses as they look forward for more of them in the future.

 

 

 

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