The Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2023 is has arrived and the Senior Mens’ National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) has arrived in Durban, South Africa. Sihlangu left Eswatini on Sunday afternoon and safely arrived in Durban in the evening. The Domenic Kunene led teamis scheduled to realize the first training session today in readiness of the opening match against Botswana who also arrived on the same day as Eswatini. Sihlangu is in Group A together with Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
Sihlangu has assured the nation of a better performance than previous editions of this tournament. During the farewell function of the national team at the EFA Technical Centre in Lobamba on Sunday morning, the national team Head Coach Dominic Kunene promised that, they will play with the aim of reaching the final stages of the tournament. “Even though it was not easy to prepare the team due to the previous results, we promise that we will play well and reach a better stage of the tournament than the previous editions”, Kunene said.
The similar sentiment was stated by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta. “We are ready for the tournament and we urge the fans to support us through prayers. We also urge them to go to Durban to watch good football. Psychologically and physically, we are ready for the tournament and we want to perform better than the previous editions. Psychologically and physically, we are ready for the tournament and want to perform better than previous editions,” the skipper said.
The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) is also confident that the national team will perform well. This was highlighted by the EFA’s Vice President Steve Horton. “The nation wants results, and we know you will do well,” Horton said.
Eswatini will play the opening match against Botswana on Wednesday at the King Zwelithini Stadium and kick-off is at 1500hrs.