The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Hon. Harries Bulunga has congratulated all the players of Sitsebe SaMhlekazi and the U-20 women national team for making it to their respective squads. “This is indeed a huge honour and privilege as you are all aware that you have been picked ahead of other good players. Representing your country on its own is a monumental achievement and I hope that it will be a driving motivation as you compete in South Africa”, Bulunga said. He made these remarks during farewell function held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba on Monday, 29th July 2019. These teams will be playing in the COSAFA Women Championships to be held at Port Elizabeth in the Republic of South Africa from 31st July -11th August 2019.
As a word of encouragement; the Honourable Minister urged the players to work very hard during these competitions as they will be representing the country. “We, however remain fully confident that you will make the country proud. I urge you to enjoy yourselves, savour these moments of history but also remember to fight all your might on the field of play”, Bulunga said.
“Our Ministry will continue to offer its full support to you and all sport in Eswatini. In as much as our country currently faces serious economic challenges, His Majesty’s Government will continue to develop sport and work towards turning it into a fully professional industry”, he continued. Moreover he highlighted that EmaSwati will benefit through stable employment opportunities and increased sport sponsorships across the board. He then wished the delegation a successful journey to South Africa. “I wish you a safe and successful journey to South Africa. Remember that you will be representing the whole Eswatini and make sure that you behave exemplary on and off the field. We, together with the rest of the nation, will be following your progress closely and cheering you on”, he added. The Head of delegation the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Executive Member Mr. Thulani Mavuso and it consists of two national team Managers, doctors, coaches and forty players.