As part of its infrastructure and football development initiatives, the site inspection of the National Football Association of Swaziland's (NFAS) KaLanga Project was done on Monday, 25th September 2017. Present during this event was the Vice President of the NFAS; Mr. Peter Simelane,Members of the Executive Committee of the NFAS, Lugongolweni Member of Parliament (MP); Mr Joseph Sauza, Indvuna YeMphakatsi of KaLanga; Mr Solomon Mhambi Mbingo, Representatives of the Land and Management Board, Representatives of the Regional Administration Office just to name a few. This project is for the construction of the new Technical Centre of the NFAS and will be done by Total Concrete Solutions and Homeboys Construction.
When making his remarks, the Vice President of the NFAS; Mr. Peter Simelane, thanked the KaLanga Chiefdom for offering the land to the NFAS for such an important project as it will be part of the development initiatives within the area. "On behalf of the NFAS, I would like to thank the KaLanga Chiefdom for this land as this is a vital project that will also develop this area", said the Vice President. He also pleaded to the constructors to prioritize the people of KaLanga in as far as employment opportunities are concerned so that they also benefit from this project.
Also making his remark, was Mr. Solomon Mhambi Mbingo (Indvuna YeMphakatsi) who thanked the NFAS for choosing KaLanga for this vital project. "We would like to thank the NFAS for choosing KaLanga for this project as the football association could have chosen other places", he said. He also acknowledged the NFAS for its quick reaction in as far as the implementation process is concerned, as this site inspection symbolizes the beginning of the project. The Lugongolweni MP; Mr Joseph Souza echoed the Indvuna YeMphakatsi's words as he thanked the NFAS for this project and also pleaded to the constructors to employ people from KaLanga are and the surroundings first inorder to maximize the benefits of this project in the area.
According to the architecture; Mr. Zwelithini Mahlalela, this project includes a playing ground, two dressing rooms, referees rooms, first aid room, hall and the administration block just to mention a few.
The Senior Womens' National Team, (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) will participate in the TOTAL Women's Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. Qualification dates for these matches are yet to be communicated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). "Sitsebe SaMhlekazi will participate in the TOTAL Women's African Nations Cup, which will start with the qualification stage before the finals that will be held in Ghana in November 2018", said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS). This is one way in which the NFAS is enhancing the development of women's football in the country as through this competition, the local players will gain more experience and international exposure which will further improve the standard of play in the local game. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi is fresh from the COSAFA Women's Championship that is currently going on in Zimbabwe where they just missed it to the semi-finals stage of the competition.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) reminds all its members that the last day of the First Window Registration Period is on Friday; 21st September 2017.
This is as per Circular No. 106 with reference to the registration of players and clubs for the 2017/2018 football season.
The NFAS/Build it Siteki Championship will take centre stage this coming Saturday; 23rd September 2017 as the Siteki Sports Ground. This will be the final store event of this 11th edition of this prestigious football development programme by the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) and the Build it brand. Other store events were held in Nhlangano, Manzini, Matsapha, Mbabane, Piggs Peak, Buhleni and Matata. After this weekend’s store event, the focus will be on the National Championship which will be contested for by the eight (8) pick teams that were formed from the 8 store event as the one for Siteki is to be formed on Saturday.
After this weekend’s store event, the focus will be on the National Championships which will be contested by the 8 pick teams. This implies that the best players that were identified by the qualified coaches of the NFAS will display their football artistry in an event that will take place on the 7th October 2017 at the Somhlolo National Stadium where some of the players will be selected to be part of the U13s National Team. The public is cordially invited to this event as a way of supporting football development in the country.
The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) is out of the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championships after losing the must win match against the guest nation of the competition, Kenya by an odd goal. This goal was scored in the 90th minute which cancelled any hope for the local side to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi finished the group stage matches in position 2 of group B with 4 points behind Kenyans who won all their group stage matches thus claiming the total of 9 points. In this match, Sitsebe SaMhlekazi's goalkeeper was named player of the match as she made several important saves to keep Swaziland in the game. The other countries who qualified to the semi finals stage are Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe who are the host of this competition. The semi-finals will be played on Thursday, 21st September 2017.
Catch them whilst they are young. The NFAS/Build it U13s Matata Championship was a huge success as the youngsters displayed their football artistry on Saturday; 16th September 2017 in Matata. A total of 8 football clubs competed in this tournament. These football clubs were divided into 2 groups of 4 football clubs. In group A, Juventus FC and USA Distillers FC qualified for the semi-finals whilst in group B, Young Stars FC and Matata FC qualified for the semi- finals. Juventus FC and USA Distillers FC qualified for the finals after winning their semi-final matches respectively. The former were too good for Matata FC after winning the semi- final match against Matata FC by 3-0 whilst the latter won their semi-final match against Young Stars by 4-3.
In the finals, Juventus FC won by 2-1 against USA Distillers. The player of the day was Ce4limphilo Dlamini from Juventus FC, who it is also in the Build Matata Pick Team. The rest of the players in the Pick Team are as follows:
The FIFA MA Basic Course was officially closed on Friday, 15th September 2017 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Present during this event was the Vice President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS); Dr. Comfort Shongwe, Chairman of the Referees Committee; Mr. Philip Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu just to mention a few. When making his remarks, the Vice President of the NFAS thanked FIFA for the support towards the development of football in the country. "Thank you FIFA for your support towards the development of football in the country. As the NFAS, we are very much grateful for what you have done for football in the country", he said. He also highlighted that the sharing of knowledge and expertise is vital for the development of the sport. He told the participants to go and develop the youngsters in their respective football clubs. "In life you start small and grow big. Go and orginize the youngsters. Train them and make a difference in the sport", said the Vice President. He also asked the participants to engage the parents of these youngsters inorder to get their support.
Also making his remarks was the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Alejandro Heredia who thanked everyone for the good cooperation during the course. He also encouraged the participants to continue learning as football is a dynamic sport. "Never stop learning as this is a dynamic sport. "Never stop learning as this is a dynamic sport", he said.
The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) started the COSAFA Women's Championship on a positive note as they won against Mauritius by 3-0 in a match that was played at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. According to the National Team's Captain; Sibongile Ngwenya, it was not an easy match as their opponents also wanted to win this match as both national teams were looking forward to a positive start in as far as their participation in the tournament is concerned. "We played very well however, it was not an easy match", she said. The captain also highlighted that this match gave them an idea on what to expect as the competition progresses. " This match gave us the picture on what to expect in upcoming matches in the tournament", said the captain. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi scored through Celiwe Nkambule who was also chosen to as the player of the match. the other two goals were scored by Nobuhle Mdluli and Nkola Songa . The next match for the Senior Women's National Team will be against Mozambique on Saturday, 16th September 2017 at the Luveve Stadium.
The FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course was officially opened by the President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS); Senator Adam Mthethwa at the Technical Centre. This event was attended by the Executive Committee Member; Mr Philip Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NFAS; Mr Frederick Mngomezulu, FIFA Instructor Mr. Alejandro Heredia Technical Director (TD) of the NFAS; Mr Bhekisisa Mkhonta, Participants and the Media. When making his remarks, the President of the NFAS officially welcomed the FIFA Instructor to the country and also extended the football associations appreciation for the support that it gets from the international football organisations. "Let me first welcome you Mr. FIFA Instructor and also extend our appreciation to FIFA, CAF and COSAFA for the support towards football development in the country", said the President of the NFAS. He also highlighted the importance of such courses as they enhance the skills of the participants. "Such courses are very important for our football as nearly every thing in life require skill, thus these courses enhances those skills that are essential for our football development' he said.
Also making his remarks was the FIFA Instructor who thanked the NFAS for the hospitality that he gets whenever he comes to the country to facilitate a course. " I feel very much honored to be part of this course and also thank you very much to the NFAS for the wonderful hospitality that I get whenever I come to this country to facilitate a course", he said. He also highlighted that this is an important course as goalkeepers are very important members of any football club. In total, there are twenty one participants and this course will end on Friday, 15 September 2017.
Elite football female referee, Letticia Antonella Viana has been selected by COSAFA to be one of the referees for the 2017 COSAFA Women Championship that will be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as from the 13th-24th September 2017. Her selection is a great indicator of the growth of refereeing in the country and a great motivation to the women folk as her selection exhibits the great opportunity that lie ahead for the current aspiring women referees. This has further laid a solid foundation in terms of the standard of refereeing in the country as it gives the country some great hope with continued education, training and hard work by the referees, it is possible that in future Swazi referees could be in line for selection to various major football competitions in the continent and globally.