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The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has acknowledged the commitment of the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu). “As a country we are satisfied with the commitment of the players. We have no doubt that we are going to perform very well in Bissau”, said the EFA’s President. He made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) to Guinea-Bissau on Friday, 8th November 2019 at the Technical Centre.  

“You are heroes. The young players are looking up to you and the country is proud of you”, Mthethwa said. He further stated that the trip to Guinea will be too long to endure and players need to focus on getting good results. "Despite that you are travelling a long trip. You have to make the best out of the situation and fight for the nation”, he said.

Over and above, Mthethwa wished the National Team a safe journey to Bissau. “On behalf of the football association, we wish you a safe journey. Remember that when you go for a war, you need to ignore the challenges that you face and focus on what is going to happen in the 90 minutes that you are going to play”, he added. Kick-off for this international match is 1600 hrs (Guinea-Bissau time) which is 1800 hrs (Eswatini time).

The Senior Men’s National Team’s Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has highlighted that this match is very important to them and they will go with a positive mind set. ‘This match is very important to us, we are not afraid of anybody. We know what we are doing and we will try our best to win the match”, Papic sad. He also highlighted that it won’t be easy for the players to perform very well after the long trip to Guinea-Bissau. “It is true that this will not be an easy game, more especially because the trip to Guinea will be too long to undergo and we will not have enough time to rest. Fatigue will catch up with my players,” he said.

The Senior Men’s National Team Captain, Banele Dlamini has highlighted that preparations for the upcoming match is very high ahead of the 2021 Total AFCON Qualifier match against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 in Guinea-Bissau. He made his remarks during the media day on Wednesday, 06th November 2019 at the Mavuso Sports Centre.

“We are ready for this match. Despite that people are criticising us with the draws that we have played so far, we are going to compete to our best and try to win the match”, Dlamini said. He also urged EmaSwati to support them. “I urge EmaSwati to support us. We will work hard as we wish to qualify in one of the major tournaments in Africa.  

The Skipper’s words were echoed by Sifiso Matse who showed confidence ahead of the upcoming match. “We don’t know anything about our opponents. We are focusing on what we do”, Matse said. He stated that they have to stick on their game plan and tips for the game for them to get good results. Matse also highlighted that he was honoured to play for the national team. “I have learnt a lot. I thank my coaches for this opportunity to play at the National Level”, he said.

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) will on Sunday, 3rd November 2019 start the full- time camp in preparation of two (2) Total AFCON Qualifier matches to be played on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 against Guinea Bissau (away match) and on Sunday, 17th November 2019 host Senegal. The players who were called by the Head Coach for this training camp are as follows:

Goalkeepers

Makhanya Mlamuli (Royal Leopards FC), Mathabela Sandanezwe (Mbabane Swallows FC), Msibi Phephisani (Royal Leopards FC),

Defenders

Mkhonta Lindo (Young Buffaloes FC), Msibi Mlamuli (Royal Leopards FC), Gamedze Sibonginkhosi (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Dlamini Melusi (Royal Leopards FC), Dlamini Peter (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Dlamini Phumlani( Royal Leopards), Ndzabandzaba Siboniso (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mamba Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Banele (Green Mamba FC), Vilakati Vusi (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Ngwenya Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC)

Midfielders

Mabelesa Mzwandile (Royal Leopards FC), Matse Sifiso (Royal Leopards FC), Matsenjwa Lindani (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Shabangu Wandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Mamba Fanelo (Young Buffaloes FC), Tsabedze Fanelo (Royal Leopards FC), Dlamini Bonginkhosi (Royal Leopards FC)

Strikers

Gamedze Sandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Phinda (Green Mamba FC), Mabuza Allen (Black Swallows FC)

 

The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hon. Harries Bulunga has congratulated the national team for preserving to make it thus far. “I would like to congratulate the national team for the hard work, battling it out for a place in the 2020 Total CHAN Finals. Indeed , we are now standing on the brink of history; within touching distance of achieving a feat no one has ever accomplished”, Minister said. He made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) to Zambia on Thursday, 17th October 2019 at the Technical Centre, in Lobamba.

When addressing the audience, the Minister stated that His Majesty’s Government and the nation at large have full support to the national team and equally believe in their capabilities of making a history. “We are not sending you out for defeat, we are aware of the progress that you have made. We hope that such will be used as a solid foundation towards achieving the subsequent and eagerly awaited success of our national team”, Bulunga said.

“The time has come for Eswatini to take its place among football’s top tables, the dream that has long been carried by His Majesty King Mswati III. It’s now in your hands to make His Majesty’s dream come true”, he said. Over and above, he urged EmaSwati to put the national team in prayers. “I urge EmaSwati to join the national team in prayer for a safe and successful trip. Indeed, the time has come for Sihlangu to play with the big boys and we hope that they will make the nation proud”, he added.  

The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has highlighted that they need to work towards getting good results. “Despite that people are criticizing football, we need to work towards getting good results”, Mthethwa said. The President made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) to Zambia on Thursday, 17th October 2019 at the Technical Centre, in Lobamba. Mthethwa stated that as football association, they are trying their best to facilitate the work of the national team, for them to perform very well and deliver good results for the country.

“We are just 90 minutes away to qualify in one of the major tournaments and that comes with its own history”, he said. He further stated that the 90 minutes that they are going to play is very much important and they believe that all the players are in a good frame of mind to compete. “I urge all players to compete to the best of their abilities and make our nation proud. We believe that you are going to perform very well and make history for our country”, he added.

The Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has highlighted that the national team players have the potential to play very well in Zambia and get a positive result. “The players have the potential to play. I see that my team is developing in football”, Papic said. He stated that the spirit in camp is good and they are preparing themselves as much as they can in order to get a win in Lusaka. “Zambia is a strong team but we are not afraid of anybody. We will try our best to win the match and make the nation happy”, he said.

Papic also highlighted that he want to prepare his team to play the style of football he wants them to play. “We have talented players and we want to make history by qualifying to the 2020 CHAN Finals. Despite that we lost in the first leg, we still hope that we will do better in the second leg”, he added. Over and above the coach stated that it is going to be difficult for them but they will work hard to achieve their goal.

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) Striker, Sandile Gamedze has highlighted that spirit is very high in camp and as players they are preparing themselves as much as they can to be ready to face the Zambians. He made his remarks during the media day at the Mavuso Sports Centre on Tuesday, 15th October 2019.”We are going to redeem ourselves in Zambia. We have to stick on our game plan”, Gamedze said. He further stated that the appropriate game plan for them is to attack so that they can score more goals. “We have to attack so that we can score more goals “, he said. Sihlangu has been too shy in front of goal in recent matches considering the numerous chances that the national team created.

The Striker’s words were echoed by Sihlangu defender Phumlani Dlamini who showed confidence that they are going to win the upcoming match against Zambia. He highlighted that the set- up is good and the spirit iin camp is high. “Despite that we don’t have good results, the set-up is good and spirit is very high in camp. Players are promising to fight and try to win the match”, Dlamini said. Sihlangu must find the back of the net in Zambia in order to have a chance of qualifying for the Total CHAN Finals to be held in Cameroon ealy next year. 

After a poor start in the on-going COSAFA U17 Boys Championship where-by Eswatini lost to Zambia by 6-0, Eswatini won the second match against Malawi who are the hosts by 2-1. This result has placed the Gcina Dlamini led side to the second spot in  Group A. Zambia is currently leading the group with a 100% record after recording their second win in the competition after defeating the Republic of South Africa by 7-0.

Eswatini’s goals were scored by Khayalethu Zitha and Colani Dvuba. Mfanukhona Magagula was the Man of the Match. The final group A matches will be played on Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 1400hrs. Eswatini will play against the Republic of South Africa at the Kamuzu Stadium whilst log- leaders Zambia will play against third placed Malawi at the Mpiri Stadium. Any win for Eswatini will guarantee them a slot in the semi-finals without relying on the out-come of the other match.

The U17 Men’s National Team Head Coach, Gcina Dlamini has highlighted that it’s not easy to play with countries you didn’t face before, but with the international friendly matches they have played against Botswana and Mozambique, he believes that it will bring a positive impact in this upcoming championship. “If you are playing for this tournament, you are always headed for the unknown. We are going to try our best to leave a mark”, Dlamini said.

Dlamini also stated that they had enough time to prepare, which gave them positive impact in terms of the technical and physical tactics. He further acknowledged Eswatini Football Association for the support that they are giving them. “We are ready to play in this championship. I thank the EFA for the support that they are giving us”, he added.

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