“The new coach, therefore is Mr. Kosta Papic”; said the President of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), Mr. Adam Mthethwa. This announcement was made by the EFA President during a press conference held at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane on Thursday, 13th December 2018. The recruitment of Papic concludes the recruitment of the Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach. “Following the advert for the position of the Senior National Team Head Coach, stakeholders and the public are hereby informed that the recruitment process has been completed”; said Mthethwa.

As per the norm, this implies that Mr. Kosta Papic will recommend his assistant coaches after which the rest of the technical bench and management will be completed. This implies that the period of the interim technical bench and national team management has also come to an end. “In this regard, the football association would like to express its appreciation to Mr. Anthony Mdluli and his technical team and management for holding fort whilst the recruitment process continues, more particularly creating a base of competitive national team”; said the EFA President.

The stakeholders of the EFA were also requested to support the new coach as he execute his duties early in the new year. “The Executive Committee would like to further reiterate its commitment to ensure the improvement of the performance of the national team in all its international competitions, as per the national team strategy developed. It is therefore in this vein that the Executive Committee requests the support, patience and collaboration of all stakeholders towardCs the work of the new coach”; Mthethwa said.

It is expected that the new coach’s official match to lead the Nation’s Pride will be the TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match against Tunisia in match. Three months down the line, he will guide the national team to the annual COSAFA Senior Men’s Championship.v

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