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EFA ACKNOWLEDGES THE HHOHHO REGIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has acknowledged the Hhohho Regional Football Association for the perfect execution of the Hhohho Youth Football Development Programme as it provided a perfect platform for the Eswatini child to develop his football artistry. “Hhohho is the best region when it comes to youth football in the country as the different age categories are in place which provides a perfect platform for player development” said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the EFA. He made this remarks during the prize presentation of the U13 Milky-Max Hhohho Youth Football Development Programme held at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane.

Over and above this, the Hhohho Youth Football Development Programmes were being used by the EFA when compiling reports to the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) which made the football association to meet certain requirements by the international governing body. “As per the FIFA Forward Regulations on of the criteria for the Mother Associations (MA’s) is to have a well-managed U20 or U17 competition, of which the Hhohho Regional Football association had spot on leagues on both age categories that with up to date records, thus it was more efficient to send them to FIFA” Mngomezulu said. He encouraged them to continue with the good work and also apply the same formula even on the other leagues that are being managed by them.   

The CEO also highlighted that the junior national teams are currently doing well in international competitions due to such football development programme. “The junior national teams did very well during last year’s competition due to such youth football development programmes of which it shows the value of the investments by the sponsors”; Mngomezulu highlighted. He also plead with other organization to also invest in youth football as these players are the future of the game. In return he asked the public to support Parmalat as she also plays a great role in the development of the Eswatini child.

BUILDIT- BUILDING THE ESWATINI FUTURE THROUGH FOOTBALL AND EDUCATION

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. This is exactly what Buildit has done to Andiswa Malaza the 2018/19 Buildit U13  National Championship best player. This lad has an educated left foot and he was one of the players who went to the Durban in the Republic of South Africa for a one week training camp in December under the watchful eyes of Amazulu FC’s Youth Development Coaches.

As per the promise, Build it has practised what she preach (Building the Nation) as the organization has presented Andiswa Malaza with a E10 000.00 education bursary for his 2020 academic year. This lad is in form one at Lobamba Lomdzala High School having completed his primary school education last year. Presenting this award was Buildit Store’s Mbabane Manager Eugen Meyer who congratulated Andiswa for his achievement and also acknowledged the 16 years partnership that the organisation is having with the Eswatini Football Association (EFA). “On behalf of Buildit, we would like to congratulate Andiswa and also wish him the very best of luck in the future both academically and in the sport”, Meyer said. He also encouraged the EFA to continue with the good work of developing football in the country by providing the platforms for these youngsters to express themselves through football.

The lad thanked Buildit for this busary as it will assist him in his education. “I would like to thank Buildit , EFA, my Coaches and Parants for supporting me as I play football and Buildit in particular for paying my school fees which will relieve my parents financially at least for this academic year.”, Malaza said. His words were echoed by his father Robert Malaza who also thanked Buildit, EFA and his Coaches the support towards the development of his child.

EDUCATION ENHANCES PLAYER PERFORMANCE

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Technical Director Bhekisisa Mkhonta has highlighted that education is very much key in the development of a player. He said this during the presentation of a bursary by Buildit to the 2018/19 Buildit U13 National Championship best player Andiswa Malaza in an event held at the Buildit Store in Mbabane.

“We need intelligent players as they are at an advantage to develop faster. In fact, education enhances player performance as they (players) tend to make fruitful decisions”, Mkhonta said. When clarifying the significance of sponsorships in football development programmes, Mkhonta stated that they motivate the lads to go that extra mile and having sponsorships that even provides academic development of the child is like killing two birds with on stone as the child will develop academically and socially. He urged other companies to come on board and invest in the future of the country through football development.

DOMENIC KUNENE IS THE NEW SIHLANGU HEAD COACH

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has hired Domenic Kunene as the new Senior Men’s National Team’s (Sihlangu’s) Head Coach. This post was vacant after the departure of Kostadin Papaic who was the national team’s gaffer as from January to December 2019. Kunene is the Head Coach of Young Buffaloes and he is the former U20 Men’s National Team’s Head Coach. This news were confirmed by the EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu. “During the recently held EFA retreat, one of the Agenda items was about the Sihlangu issues of which included the hiring of the new Coach. The Executive Committee Members decided to hire Mr. Dominic Kunene who is the current Young Buffaloes FC Head Coach and former U20 Men’s National Team Head Coach”, said Mngomezulu. Kunene has also appointed his technical team and they are Moneni Pirates FC Head Coach and former U17 Men’s National Team’s Head Coach Gcina Dlamini as his Assistant Coach, Manzini Sea Birds FC and former Senior Women National Team’s Head Coach Anthony Mdluli, and finally Green Mamba FC’s Physical Fitness Coach Mbuso Gina.  

EFA IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE ESWATNI OPEN FOOTBALL TRIALS

It is every player’s dream to play football in the highest leagues in Europe. If that is the case, there are a lot of benefits for that particular player and his/her country of origin. These include social and economic benefits just to mention but a few.

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) core mandate is the development of football in the country. This mandate is implemented through the various football development programmes under the auspice of the EFA. One of the ultimate goals for this mandate is the development of quality players that will perform very well for the national team. The EFA has realised that most national team players from other countries are plying their trade in Europe thus their development is of a higher quality compared to our players thus the EFA is in full support of the Eswatini Open Football Trials Programme that will be implemented by the Professional Soccer Management.

“The mandate is to see the national team performing very well and the EFA has realised that other countries are achieving that because their players are plying their trade in Europe which exposes them to more professional set-ups and it comes with a lot of benefits”; said the General Secretary  (GS) of the EFA, Frederick Mngomezulu. The GS also highlighted that this opportunity will expose the Eswatini players to an environment with a high level of professionalism which will enhance their performance. “These players will be exposed to an environment that has a high level of professionalism which will enhance their performance”; said Mngomezulu.

He also assured the public that the safety of the players that will make the grade to go to Europe is well guaranteed as they will leave the country as per the rules and regulations that are applied in the transfer of players as per FIFA Statutes. “The players who will make the grade, will leave the country as per the rules and regulations that are in the FIFA Statutes and the laws of the country” the GS stated. These trials will commence as from the 20th and ends on the 30th of January 2020

2020 FIFA REFEREES

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has appointed a total of twelve (12) Eswatini Referees and Assistant Referees for both Men and Women into the 2020 FIFA List of Referees and Assistant Referees. The referees are Viana Letticia, Soko Tencwala Rebeccah, Nxumalo Siphiwayinkhosi Cosma, Mkhaliphi Buyisile Patricia, Sibandze Thulani Sabelo Dlamini Njabulo Thembinkosi, Dlamini Thokozani, Siphepho Celumusa, Simelane Zamani Thula, Nxumalo Sifiso Bingo, Mbingo Petros and Magagula Thembinkosi Ndumiso.

 “ As opposed to the previous couple of years approval of 2 Referees in the male category, the 2020 appointments reflect a growth and 4 Referees have been appointed, which will now make it possible for an appointment of 2 sets of referees from Eswatini to officiate in international matches”, as per statement. This is a historical and significant growth in refereeing for the country, which has in the current period been one of the strategic objectives of the EFA to increase our referees officiating internationally.

In a similar wavelength, the appointments also see the appointment of a full set of women referees for the first time in the appointment of 2 women referees and 2 assistant women referees, which signifies a steady growth in women refereeing.

Over and above the EFA  expressed her congratulatory note to these referees; with the growth being a motivation to the rest of the referees and aspiring referees. “The onus now remains with these appointed Referees and Assistant Referees to work hard and perform well internationally to fortify this growth for the country”, read the statement.

OFFICE CLOSURE FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

As per Circular No.133; the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) will on Friday, 13th December 2019 close for the festive period and re-open for the rest of the 2019/2020 football season on Monday, 6th January 2020. It is for this reason that the EFA encourages its members and stakeholders to guarantee all matters obliging the approachability of the national office to have been done by the 13th December 2019.

“The EFA at this period of the year exclusive appreciate for the collaboration and good rapport to the Members and stakeholders since the start of the 2019 calendar year and the 2019/2020 football season and trusts that such good collaborative spirit will in the second half of the 2019/2020 season and the imminent 2020 calendar year, which is essential for the continual maturity of the game”, read the statement.

The EFA and football family further wishes His Majesty King Mswati III; Her Majesty The Indlovukazi; the Royal Household; Head of Government and Government; Football Family and Sporting Family in general and Stakeholders applicable a safe and successful Incwala Ceremony; festive season with extended wishes for a Merry Christmas and affluence in 2020.

SECOND WINDOW PERIOD TO OPEN ON THE 6th JANUARY 2020

The EFA kindly remind her members that the second window registration period shall commence on Monday, 6th January 2020 and close on Friday, 31st January 2020. Clubs are urged to take note of this period as there won’t be any extension unless on account of exceptional circumstances. "The Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players are promulgated by FIFA regulates that no extension and/or alterations to this period shall be allowed and therefore, in this view, that all registration must be achieved within stipulated time limits”, said part of the statement.

U20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HEAD COACH IS VERY PROUD OF HIS PLAYERS

The U20 Men’s National Team Head Coach, Mr.  Dominic Kunene is very proud of his players. “Mozambique gave us a tough game and we knew it was not going to be an easy one. I am very proud of my players”, Kunene said. He made his remarks during the post-match press conference after the match against Mozambique at the Sunset Stadium, in Zambia.

Kunene also highlighted that players created so many chances and they managed to defend the goals. “Our plan for this match was to protect our goal post and wait for our opponent to create some spaces at the back and utilize those spaces”, he said. He further stated that for the next match they need to focus, work extra hard and work on players mentally. “This is Eswatini chance to show the rest of the world what they can do and make our nation proud”, he added.

The U20 Men’s National Team has won their first match against Mozambique by 2-0. Eswatini goals were scored by Lindokuhle Zwane 65th minutes and Majahesibili Ndlovu 92nd Minutes. The best player of the match was Wenzile Lushaba. Eswatini will play their 2nd match against Seychelles on Sunday, 8th December 2019 at Sunset Stadium, in Zambia. Kick-off is at 12:45 pm.

EFA’S PRESIDENT URGE THE COACHES TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has urged the coaches to support each other in order for them to assist in developing football in the country.  He made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the U20 Men’s National Team to Zambia on Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 at the Technical Centre, in Lobamba. “I urge you coaches to support each other for you to assist in developing football in the country”, Mthethwa said.

Mthethwa also highlighted that as football association they try all their best to make the nation participate in all the categories because they believe that it is the only way they can rank football development in the country. “Despite that people are criticizing football, we need to make our own history”, he said. He further stated that players are very much special as they are playing for the national team and urged them to work hard towards getting good results.

Over and above, Mthethwa wished the National Team a safe journey to Zambia. “On behalf of the football association, we wish you a safe journey. Go there and make your own history by coming back home with gold”, he added.

 

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