The U20 Eswatini Bank Cup was officially launched at the banks Auditorium in Mbabane in an event that was attended by the President of the Eswatini Football association (EFA) Mr. Adam Mthethwa, the Managing Director of Eswatini Bank Mr. Zakhele Lukhele, Chairman of the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Mr Peter Magagula, Chairman of the EFA’s Competitions Committee Mr. Johannes Siboza and the Chairman of the Youth Committee Mr Sonnyboy Mabuza to mention but a few. This year’s edition marks the 7th anniversary of the U20 Eswatini Bank Cup. The total sponsorship for the ‘Idlala Kamnandzi U20 edition is E250 000.00 which shows an increment from last year’s edition which was E240 000.00.
When addressing the gathering, the MD of Eswatini Bank highlighted the importance of youth football in the development of the sport and the nation. “Youth football is very critical in the development of the sport and the nation at large”, Lukhele said. The MD also stated that football plays a great role in the socio-economic development of the country as the youth develop other skills that are very important in their future lives.
The President of the EFA Mr. Adam Mthethwa acknowledged the investment by the bank towards football development in the country. As the national football association, our main mandate is to develop football in the country of which the bank’s contribution towards that is very much acknowledged and even the football’s world governing body FIFA is quite aware of the bank’s investment in the development of the sport in the country”, Mthethwa said. As part of football development, the President also stated that FIFA is going to invest to her members in terms of infrastructure as the football’s governing body will assist her members in the construction of stadiums that will at least meet the minimum standards of a football stadium.
The PLE’s Chairman acknowledged the banks investment towards football development as there are over 50 players that have graduated from this competition and they are now playing elite football with others in the MTN National First Division and the Regional Super Leagues. The Chairman also stressed the importance of conduct during this competition as this is an important product of football. “Coaches ,medical personnel , players and officials must be properly dressed during this competition as image is very important as this is one of the important products of football”, Magagula said. With the draw being made, the U20 Eswatini Bank Cup competition will kick-off next weekend. The draw was as follows:
Mbabane Highlanders FC vs Mbabane Swallows FC
Milling Hotspurs FC vs Royal leopards FC
Mhlume Peacemakers FC vs Manzini Wanderers FC
Moneni Pirates FC vs Tambuti FC