Following the Launch of the U13 BuildIt National Championships last Wednesday, 4th April 2018 at Sigwaca House all roads lead to the National Championships this Saturday, 14th April 2018 at the Somhlolo National Stadium. This is a football development programme that the NFAS and BuildIt have been implementing for the past eleven (11) years, which has grown and produced a number of accomplished players that are and have graced our national teams over the years.
This Saturday’s event which acts as a climax of this football development programme; come after the store events in-which the best players were selected by qualified coaches to form pick teams that will participate on the day. A total of eight (8) teams will battle it out for the national championships which promise to be an excellent grassroots football event. The Ministry of sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, including senior government officials, football officials and BuildIt officials are expected to grace this event. The day’s activities will kick-off with a short march at 7:00 am from the Somhlolo National Stadium up to Emashibhini area in Lobamba and back to the national stadium. The Football family, BuildIt family, Parents, Public, other Stakeholders and the Media are cordially invited to this event which has already been planned and prepared to be a family day.
The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati has been invited to play as part of the 50/50 Double Celebration. This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS). “As had earlier been alluded to when communication the immediate programme of Sihlangu SeMnikati, the national team has been invited to play as part of the 50/50 Double Celebration; an invitation which the NFAS accepted”; the CEO said. The NFAS has started making arrangements for this international match as contacts with possible opposition has already started and once identified; the opponent will be presented to the 50/50 celebrations authorities who will then communicate this information with the rest of the 50/50 celebratory programme.
The football family and its stakeholders are currently mourning the passing on of Mr. Philip Dlamini, popularly known as “Big Daddy”, who was a member of the National Football Association of Swaziland’s (NFAS’s Executive Committee. It is for this reason that a ‘Moment of Silence’ in his remembrance is expected to be observed in all football matches of this forthcoming weekend (7th /8th April). All stakeholders of football are advised to take note of this action.
A memorial service will be hosted at John Wesley Primary School in Mbabane on Friday, 6th April 2018, starting at 1400hrs (2:00 pm). He will be laid to rest at Empatheni, Hlathikulu on Sunday, 8th April 2018 at 0400hrs (4:00 am) after a night vigil starting in the evening on Saturday, 7th April 2018.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) issues a statement on the issues currently taking place in women football Pursuant to a meeting of the Executive Committee with six (6) women football clubs (Royal Leopards Ladies; Siteki Ladies; Mbekelweni Ladies; Lobamba Highlanders Ladies; Southern Divas; and Shiselweni Roses) at Sigwaca House on the 15th March 2018; the Executive Committee met to discuss all the issues presented by the women football clubs in question, in particular, their concerns around the events currently taking place at the Women Football Association. In this regard the Executive Committee hereby states the following:
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has extended a special tribute and momentous gratitude to His Majesty The King Mswati III together with the Royal Family for gracing the 3rd Finals of the Ingwenyama SMVAF Cup. The NFAS highlighted its humbleness by His Majesty’s attendance and patronage. “The blending of football and culture accords this competition great mileage; particularly its uniqueness; which plays a great role in marketing the sport and culture of the country”; the statement read.
The NFAS also stated that this tournament has laid a solid foundation in celebrating His Majesty’s 50th Birthday and the same number of years since gaining independence. In addition, the football association extended its appreciation to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, his Cabinet and Civil Service, Members of both Houses of Parliament, Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF), Football family, Invited guests, Fans and the Media for being part of this historic event. “This stakeholders played a pivotal role in making this event to be the glamour and success witnessed”; the statement read. The NFAS urges the nation to always remember and implement the messages that the sponsor (SMVAF) communicated through this competition; as by so doing, the nation’s safety on the roads will be assured.
In conclusion, the football association congratulated the champions of both the football and cultural categories at stake in this competition and also recognized the efforts of the other finalists, various participating football clubs at the earlier stage, all of whom were competitive thereby enhancing our football brand. The organizing committee of the tournament was also acknowledged as it presented a well- coordinated tournament from the opening to the very last day of the competition. “Once again, the football family remains greatly indebted to the Patronage of His Majesty The King Mswati III; Bayethe Wena WaPhakathi
The Senior Men’s National Team, Sihlangu SeMnikati left the country by road for OR Tambo International Airport where they will connect a flight to Seychelles for an International Friendly Match. This match will be played on Tuesday, 27th Match 2018 and they are expected back home on Thursday, 29th March 2018. The travelling delegation is headed by an Executive Member of the National Football association of Swaziland, Mr. Mlimi Mamba. He leads a delegation of 21 players and 6 officials.
The President of the NFAS, Senator Adam Mthethwa has told the technical bench of Sihlangu SeMnikati to win the match against Seychelles even though it is an international friendly match. “Even if this is an international friendly match, we want positive results from Seychelles”, he said. The NFAS President also reminded the national team that the game of football is also a vehicle to market the country thus the results of an international match are of high importance.
Having said that, he motivated the players by giving them credit on playing football until they reach the international level where they play for the senior national team. “It is an honour to play for the national team as it is the pinnacle of every player”, he said. Finally he told the players to play for the country as the nation wants results.
The Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) has acknowledged the NFAS for facilitating the training camp and the international friendly match against Seychelles. The coach is who will lead the national team for the first time since becoming the interim head coach of Sihlangu SeMninkati is very much optimistic about the future of the national team as there is new blood in the squad which is working very hard. “We hope we will achieve our mandate as the technical bench of the national team as the NFAS is very much supportive and also the new players in the team who have joined the experienced ones are also working very hard in bring positive results for the nation”, he said.
He also highlighted that in as far as this international friendly match is concerned; their aim is to come back with positive results. The major aim for the coach is to make the national team get positive results in order to make the fans happy. “Our aim is to make the national team get positive results in order to win the confidence of the nation”, he concluded.
The Senior Men National Team Head Coach has named 23 players for the FIFA week training camp that is held at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Mbabane Swallows and Royal Leopards Football Clubs players that could have been selected are not part of the team as they are due to play in the finals of the Ingwenyama Cup SMVAF Cup Final. The players that were selected for the national team are as follows:
Nhlanhla Gwebu (Young Buffaloes), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Matsapha United), Sidumo Shongwe (Mbabane Highlanders), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes), Mpendula Dlamini (Young Buffaloes), Linda Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes), Mphumuzi Ginindza (Green Mamba), Simphiwe Manana (Mbabane Highlanders), Wandile Maseko (Young Buffaloes), Siboniso Mamba (Young Buffaloes) Banele Dlamini (Green Mamba), Menzi Simelane (Moneni Pirates) Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes), Mphile Tsabedze (Young Buffaloes), Sihle Mkhonta (Manzini Wanderers), Musa Dlamini (Green Mamba), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes), Mthunzi Mkhontfo (Green Mamba), Sifiso Mazibuko (Young Buffaloes), Sandumuzi Zwane (Manzini Sundowns) and Banele Mdluli (Green Mamba).
The national team is using this training camp to prepare for the upcoming international competitions which are the COSAFA Cup and the TOTAL AFCON Qualifiers later this year.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has appointed new personnel for the technical benches of the national teams. These personnel are as follows:
Senior Men National Team: Anthony Mdluli (Interim Head Coach), Caleb Ngwenya (Assistant Coach), Musa Manyatsi (Goalkeeper Coach) and Sithembiso Shona (Fitness Coach)
Senior Women National Team: Fisiwe Hlaophe (Head Coach), Nokuthula Dlamini (Assistant Coach), Christian Thwala (Fitness Coach) and Bongani Dladla (Goalkeeper Coach).
U20 Men National Team: Dumsani Makhanya (Head Coach), Edwin Matsebula (Assistant Coach), Njabuliso Simelane (Goalkeeper Coach) and Siyabonga Bhembhe (Fitness Coach).
U20 Women National Team: Nokuthula Dlamini (Head Coach), Nkosinathi Sibandze (Assistant Coach), Christian Thwala (Fitness Coach) and Bongani Dladla (Goalkeeper Coach).
U17 Men National Team: Velekhaya Mthethwa (Head Coach), Nsindiso Gama (Assistant Coach), Bright Nxumalo (Goalkeeper Coach) and Dennis Fakudze (Fitness Coach).
U17 Women National Team: Promise Vilakati (Head Coach), Nkosinathi Lukhele (Assistant Coach0, Ronnie Ginindza (Fitness Coach) and Sukoluhle Sibandze (Goalkeeper Coach)