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EFA IMPLEMENTS THE REFEREEING COURSE

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) is currently implementing a refereeing course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This is in readiness of the upcoming 2022/23 football season. A total of 32 referees are participants of this course and they include some FIFA accredited referees like Thulani Sibandze, Thembinkosi Magagula and Buyisile Mkhaliphi amongst others.

This course commenced on Monday, 1st August and will end on Friday, August 2022. When opening this course, the EFA President Mr. Peter Simelane acknowledged the facilitators and the participants for being part of this significant course. He also highlighted the EFA’s commitment towards the development of football refereeing in the country. “I would like to thank the EFA Refereeing Instructors and the participants for their attendance as this is an important course. Over and above, EFA is always committed towards the development of refereeing in the country thus the implementation of such courses”, Simelane said.

The EFA President also acknowledged the support from FIFA towards the development of football in the country over the years. He also stated that it is on of EFA’s objective in as far as the development of refereeing in the country is concerned to have at least one referee officiating in a FIFA World Cup Finals. “Having witnessed Letticia Viena doing a perfect job during the Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco is an indication that Eswatini have the potential of producing at least one referee to officiate in the FIFA World Cup”, said the President of the EFA.

Also present during the opening ceremony was the Chairperson of the EFA Referees Committee who is also the Executive Member of the EFA Mr. Sipho Kunene who thanked the EFA for her effort of developing the referees in the country. "We would like to thank the EFA for her splendid role in as far as the development of refereeing in the country in concerned", said Kunene.  

SIHLANGU AIMS FOR A WIN IN BOTSWANA

It’s a matter of a payback time for the Senior Men National Team in the TotalEnergies CHAN Qualifiers 2023 when Eswatini play against Botswana on Saturday in Francistown, Botswana. Both national teams are fresh from the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 that was implemented in Durban where they played against each other in the plate semi-finals where Botswana won the match by 2-0. Eswatini is aiming for a win come Saturday in order to increase the chances of advancing to the next round of this competition.

When addressing the national team, Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Mr. Peter Simelane mandated the players to go to Botswana and finish the business. “You have to finish the business in Botswana”, Simelane Said. The head coach Domenic Kunene assured the President and the public that the national team is ready for the task ahead. “The national team is ready for Botswana”, Kunene said. The Captain of the National Team Lindo Mkhonta stated that this match is more than a revenge as they are aiming for bigger things in as far as this competition is concerned. “To us this match is more than a revenge as we are aiming for bigger things in as far as this competition is concerned. Our aim is to win in Botswana and ultimately eliminate them in the competition”, Mkhonta said. The travelling players are as follows:

GOALKEEPERS

Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabane Swallows FC), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Mbabane Highlanders FC)

DEFENDERS

Mlamuli Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sikhumbuzo Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes FC), Kwakhe Thwala (Young Buffaloes FC), Simanga Masangane (Vovovo FC), Peter Dlamini (Mbabane Highlanders FC)

MIDFIELDERS

Mzwandile Mabelesa (Royal Leopard FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopard FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Khetho Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Leon Manyisa (Mbabane Swallows FC), Neliswa Dlamini (Manzini Wanderers FC), Bongwa Matsebula (Young Buffaloes FC)

 STRIKERS

Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Fanelo Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Sabelo Ndzinisa (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Philani Mkhontfo (Mbabane Highlanders FC)

 

 

 

SIHLANGU ‘S HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA CUP 2022 ENDS ON A LOW NOTE

The Senior Men National Team started the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 on a high note with a convincing win against Mauritius by 3-0, a late draw aginst Malawi by 1-1 and a win against Lesotho by 2-0 which guaranteed Eswatini a place in the quarter finals of this competition with 7 points.

It was in the knock-out stages where Eswatini started tasting the bitter pill of the competition as Sihlangu lost against Senegal by 11-10 after sudden death penalties. The scoreline was 1-1 after 90 minutes. This made Eswatini to play against Botswana in the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Plate Semi-Final where Eswatini lost by 2-0. What was similar to these losses was that Eswatini created numerous goal scoring chances but failed to convert them into goals. As a consolation for Eswatini is that in all the matches that Sihlangu played, Eswatini payers won the man of the match awards. These players are Sandile Gamedze (twice), Sifiso Matse, Mzwandile Mabelesa and Fanelo Mamba.

MISSED CHANCES COST ESWATINI A SEMI - FINAL PLACE IN THE HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA CUP 2022

It was a heart-breaking loss for Eswatini as Sihlangu lost the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 quarter final match against Senegal at the King Zwelithini Stadium at Umlazi in Durban. Eswatini created a lot of scoring chances for the entire 90 minutes of the game and only converted one after Senegal had taken the lead from a cross-cum-shot in the 8th minute that was tricky for Sandanezwe Mathabela in Eswatini goal. The half time score was 1-0.

In the 2nd half, Eswatini continued to create more chances in search of an equalizer but it seems Eswatini players forgot their scoring boots. It only took Eswatini 60 minutes to find the back of the net after Sandile Gamedze’s pass found the mobile Philani Mkhontfo who placed a low shot pass the advancing Aliou Faty in Senegal’s goal much to the relieve of the Eswatini camp. This goal was also followed by other goal scoring opportunities for Eswatini with man of the match Sandile Gamedze and Sabelo Ndzinisa being among the culprits. Sandanezwe Mathabela made up for his earlier that resulted in Senegal taking the lead by making a heroic save which was a one-on-one situation that forced the encounter to dramatic penalty shoot-outs.

All the Senegalese penalty takers converted them with Eswatini missing one sudden death penalty that guaranteed Senegal a place in the semi-finals against Zambia. Eswatini’s Mzwandile Mabelesa was the only player that missed a penalty as he ballooned his shot over the cross bar. The scorers of the Eswatini penalties were; Lindo Mkhonta, Leon Manyisa, Sabelo Ndzinisa, Junior Magagula, Peter Dlamini, Sihlangu Mkhwanazi, Philani Mkhontfo, Sandanezwe Mathabela and Sikhumbuzo Magagula. Eswatini will now play against Botswana on Friday in the plate competition of the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium at 1500hrs.

ESWATINI THROUGH TO THE KNOCK OUT OF THE HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA CUP 2022

Eswatini is through to the quarter-finals of the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 that is currently executed in Durban, South Africa. Lesotho needed a minimum of a draw to qualify to the knock-out stage of this competition. The Basotho applied a defensive approach for this fixture with the hope of salvaging the much-needed point.

It wasn’s the case as Eswatini came to them fire- blazing and the pressure was too much for the Basotho as Sandile Gamedze opened his account in this year’s edition in the 10th minute. This was after the Basotho goal keeper Sekhoane Mceerane failed to deal with a long throw by Fanelo Mamba that provided an excellent opportunity for Sandile Gamedze to tap in the ball in the Basotho net Eswatini continued to search for a second goal and Sabelo Ndzinisa was able to score it in the 18th minute which was his 8th goal of the competition. The half time score was 2-0 in favour of Eswatini.

Lesotho came with a new tactic in the second half as they were more offensive as two goals were needed for them in order to be able to gain the advantage of a possibility of qualifying. Eswatini was able to absorb the pressure till the end of the match. The Basotho finished the match with 10 men after Koparo Tseka was given his marching orders by the referee after getting a second yellow card. This was after he fouled Eswatini marks-man Sabelo Ndzinisa on 2 occasion which gave the referee no option but the give him a red card. The referee blew his final whistle with no goal scored in the second half which made the final score to be 2-0 in favour of Eswatini who will now play against Senegal on Wednesday at the King Zwelithini Stadium at 1400hrs.     

ESWATINI KEEPT IT LATE TO SALVAGE A CRUCIAL POINT AGAINS MALAWI

The never say die spirit by Eswatini paid off when the Senior Men National Team score a late equalizer against Malawi who had already counted a win in as far as this match was concerned. Malawi took the lead in the 46th minute through Khunda Myaba. It looked like Eswatini was about to pay the price for the missed chances in the first half as Sabelo Ndzinisa and Philani Mkhontfo let go two goal scoring opportunities that would have guaranteed Eswatini the lead in the first half.

Eswatini made three changes in the second half in search of the equalizer. First, Neliswa Dlamini was substituted for Bongwa Matsebula; and later a double substitution was implemented when Fanelo Mamba and Sifiso Matse were substituted for Khethokuhle Mkhontfo and Leon Manyisa. The pressure by Eswatini paid-off at stoppage time when Eswatini equalized through a penalty kick that was scored by Sabelo Ndzinisa which resulted in the match ending by 1-1. This result made Eswatini to have 4 points whilst Malawi is having a single point and out of the competition. Eswatini’s next match is on Sunday against Lesotho in a must win match in order to guarantee a place in the quarter finals against Senegal.

SIHLANGU HEAD COACH CONGRATULATES PLAYERS

The Senior Men National Team head coach has congratulated Sihlangu players for the victory over Mauritius in the opening Group B Match of the Hollywoodbet COSAFA Cup 2022 played at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban. This was after Eswatini won this match by 3-0 in a match where Eswatini dominated.

It took Eswatini only nine minutes to break the deadlock via the boot of the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta after a head ball by a Mauritian defender. Fanelo Mamba doubled the advantage for Eswatini after unleashing a powerful shot in the 78th minute. Eswatini’s prolific striker, Sabelo Ndzinisa sealed the match for Eswatini in the 86th minute which guaranteed Eswatini maximum points.

“I congratulate the players as it was a difficult match but they were able to manage the pressure from Mauritius”, said Dominic Kunene the Head Coach of Eswatini. The 2nd match for Eswatini will be against Malawi on Friday at the King Zwelithini Stadium and kick-off is at 1700 hrs.

WE HAVE A PLAN FOR MAURITIUS- DOMINIC KUNENE

One Chinese philosopher Confucius once said “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door”. It seems like the Senior Men National Head Coach, Dominic Kunene had applied this philosophy as he stated that the is a plan for the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 match against Mauritius which will be the opening Group B match of the competition to be played on Wednesday, 6th July 2022 at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

“Our preparations went well and we have a plan for Mauritius”, Kunene said. The head coach also highlighted that all the players that made the trip to Durban are fully fit and looking forward to the match. "All the players are available for selection", Kunene said. The match will kick-off at 1400hrs.

SIHLANGU READY FOR COSAFA

The Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) is ready for the upcoming Hollywood bets COSAFA 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. When addressing the media, the national team head coach, Domenic Kunene stated that the preparations for this competition went well.

“The preparations went well and the players are committed”, Kunene said. He also highlighted the significance of not putting the players under pressure. “We will not put the players under pressure as we will take each match as it comes”, Kunene said.

His words were echoed by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta who also highlighted that as players they are ready for the competition. “The spirit is high and we are ready for the competition”, Mkhonta said. The skipper also stated that as a team they have worked on previous mistakes and are now looking forward in doing better in the competition. “As players we are not happy when we concede as we know that we will definitely score”, the captain said.

The Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) is ready for the upcoming Hollywood bets COSAFA 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. When addressing the media, the national team head coach, Domenic Kunene stated that the preparations for this competition went well.

“The preparations went well and the players are committed”, Kunene said. He also highlighted the significance of not putting the players under pressure. “We will not put the players under pressure as we will take each match as it comes”, Kunene said.

His words were echoed by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta who also highlighted that as players they are ready for the competition. “The spirit is high and we are ready for the competition”, Mkhonta said. The skipper also stated that as a team they have worked on previous mistakes and are now looking forward in doing better in the competition. “As players we are not happy when we concede as we know that we will definitely score”, the captain said.

SIHLANGU HEAD COACH NAME THE PROVISIONAL SQUAD IN READINESS OF THE COSAFA CUP

The senior Men National Team Head Coach Dominic Kunene has named 27 players in the provisional squad that will report for camp on Sunday, 19th June 2022 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This mark the commencement of the senior national team’s reparations for the upcoming COSAFA Cup 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. The players are as follows:
 
Goalkeepers
Phephisani Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabane Swallows FC), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Mbabane Highlanders FC)
 
Defenders
Mlamuli Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sikhumbuzo Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes FC), Siboniso Mamba (Young
Buffaloes FC), Peter Dlamini (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Mcolisi Manana (Green Mamba FC), Kwakhe Tfwala (Young Buffaloes FC), Simanga Masangane (Vovovo FC)
 
Midfielders
Mzwandile Mabelesa (Royal Leopard FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopard FC), Khetho Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes FC), Neliso Dlamini (Manzini Wanderers FC), Philani Mkhontfo (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Leon Manyisa (Mbabane Swallows FC)
 
Strikers
Sabelo Ndzinisa (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Muzi Tsabedze (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Bongwa Matsebula (Young Buffaloes FC), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Fanelo Mamba
(Young Buffaloes FC), Nhlanhla Ngwenya (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mthokozisi Gwebu (Manzini Sea Birds FC)
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