The NEDBANK has done it yet again in as far as empowering local football clubs who represents the country in the TOTAL CAF Champions League is concerned. This bank has sponsored local football clubs participating in this competition for the past 10 years. This year’s beneficiaries is Mbabane Swallows FC which received a sponsorship worth E180 000.00. The sponsorship includes a soccer kit and boots just to mention a few. Present during this sponsorship presentation event which took place at the Mountain Inn in Mbabane were the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Honourable Minister David Ngcamphalala; NFAS Vice President and Acting President, Dr. Comfort Shongwe, Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Executive Member, Sicelo Mkhonta and NEDBANK Managing Director (MD) , Ms Fikile Nkosi just to mention a few.
When addressing the audience, the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs acknowledged the bank for this kind gesture as it will motivate Mbabane Swallows FC in the competition. “On behalf of His Majesty’s Government, I would like to acknowledge NEDBANK for this sponsorship as it will motivate the players”, he said. The Honourable Minister also acknowledged Mbabane Swallows FC’s performance in last year’s CAF Confederations Cup competition as it enhanced the country’s confidence. He also challenged the bank to stay in football as its is the best vehicle to market any product. Finally, he urged the team to carry on with the late Director’s vision as he always wanted the best for the Mbabane Swallows and football in general.
The NFAS through the Vice President acknowledged NEDBANK for the sponsorship and also highlighted to the bank that it can market its products using numerous football products. “Thank you NEDBANK for your support and football has a lot of products that you can use in marketing your products”, he said. The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) through its Executive Member, Sicelo Mkhonta also acknowledged the bank for the sponsorship and urged other banks in the country to also sponsor football. Mbabane Swallows FC Through the General Manager, Sandile Zwane; acknowledged the support that the y got from the bank as it will go a very long way in as far as the team is concerned.
The sponsor’s MD thanked football for this partnership over the years, and also encouraged Mbabane Swallows FC to continue working hard more especially as it was their culture during their late Director’s leadership. “Success is through hard work not luck”, she said.
Mbabane Swallows FC’s midfielder, Banele “Pupu” Sikhondze and Tinyosi FC’s striker are the best players for December in the MTN Premier League and National 1st Division respectively. For his effort, the Mbabane Swallows FC gifted player was presented with a E5 000 cheque by the elite league sponsor whilst the Tinyosi FC striker got a cheque of E 1500. This is a third Mbabane Swallows FC player to win this award in the 2017/18 football season, which is a sign of consistency to the football club. The pevious winners were Sanele Mkhweli and Sandile Hlatjwako.
Speaking on behalf of the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) was the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Petros Vilakati who acknowledged the sponsor for incentivising the players as it motivates them to put more effort. “As PLS we would like to acknowledge MTN for such initiatives as they motivate the players “, he said. The MTN Swaziland Brand and sponsorships Manager, Mr. Meshack Maseko congratulated the players for their achievements and highlighted that this is part of the late PLS Chairman, Mr. Victor Gamedze’s vision to uplift the lives of the players through such incentives. “Such incentives are the late PLS’s Chairman’s vision to improve the lives of players”, he said. He also encouraged other players to work hard in order to be the next winners. Finally, he invited football fans to be part of the Y’ello Sunday football festival this weekend as the MTN Premier League matches continues.
Banele Sikhondze expressed his delight for this award and also thanked his colleagues for the support. “I am delighted about this award and I also thank my teammates for their support as football is a team sport”, said the player whose teammates also call to him as FIFA due to his football artistry. Maswazi Dlamini thanked the Tinyosi FC family for the support. “I would like to thank the Tinyosi FC family for the support”, he said. Both players promised to continue doing the good work in the field of play.
The sporting fraternity through the Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs has expressed words of condolences and sympathy to His Majesty The King Mswati III, Her Majesty The Indlovukazi, Royal Household, His Majesty’s Government, Gamedze Family, Football Family, Football Stakeholders, Business Community and the Nation at large on the demise of Mr. Victor Gamedze who was a seasoned football administrator and a successful businessman.
In his remarks, the Honourable Minister highlighted that what happened was unbelievable to the nation at large as the Swazi Nation was not used to such. “As Swazis, we have never seen such”, he said. During this press conference which was held at the NFAS Headquarters at the Sigwaca House in Mbabane , the Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dumisani Ndlangamandla, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Youth Affairs, Prince Mlayeto; President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Senator Adam Mthethwa, his vice Mr. Peter Simelane and PLS's Peter Magagula just to mention a few. He described Mr. Victor Gamedze as an experienced and successful football administrator and businessman as his effort attest to that. “He was an experienced and successful football administrator and businessman as his efforts qualifies that”, the Minister said.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) is very much shocked by the passing on of the Chairman of the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS), Mr. Victor Gamedze. He was also the Vice President of the NFAS and Director of Mbabane Swallows FC. “As football family, we are very much shocked and in loss of words under the circumstances”, said the President of the NFAS Senator Adam Mthethwa. This is a difficult experience for the football family as the President of the NFAS himself found it difficult to adopt to this situation.
On a personal note, the President of the NFAS had good memories with the former Chairman of the PLS as he had the opportunity to be his colleague at the Central Bank of Swaziland and also his manager in football while Mr. Victor Gamedze was still a player. “I had good memories with Mr. Victor Gamedze as he was my colleague at the Central Bank of Swaziland and we met again in the football industry. I was also his Manager when he was still a football player”, he said. The President of the NFAS also highlighted that the gift that the deceased football administrator had, was his friendliness as he had a lot of fun with him.
The head of Swazi football also stated that, the football family will be even more solid during this sad period as Mr. Victor Gamedze was a passionate football person. As the deceased football administrator was the liaison person between the NFAS and PLS; he announced that Mr. Peter Magagula will be the one to play that role. As to the way forward regarding the funeral, the President of the NFAS highlighted that more information will come from the Gamedze family.
Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF) has presented the quarter finalist of this unique competition with soccer kits that they will use at this stage of the competition. This happened at the SMVAF headquarters in Mbabane. The football clubs that were presented with the soccer kits are; Mbabane Citizens FC, Milling Hot Spurs FC, Royal Leopards FC, Manzini Sundowns FC, Young Buffaloes FC, Green Mamba FC, Mbabane Swallows FC and Manzini Wanderers FC. All these football clubs were represented by their captains and PROs/ CEOs.
When addressing the audience; the Chairman of the SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup Board of Trustees, Prince Hlangabeza assured the sponsor that the nation do acknowledge the message that is being spread by the sponsor through football and urged the public to continue implementing these messages. “The nation acknowledge the messages that are being spread by the sponsor through football and the public must drive safe as we go to the stadiums”, the Prince said.
The SMVAF Chief Executive Officer (CEO); acknowledged the support from the King and the public towards this competition on both the football and cultural categories. “As a sponsor we acknowledge the support from the King and the public towards this competition on both the football and cultural categories”, he said. He told the football clubs that ; it is an honour to wear this soccer kits as they are from His Majesty The King Mswati III. Finally, he urged the public to drive cautiously and continue to spread the gospel of good conduct in the country’s roads even after this competition has ended.
The competition’s PRO, Nkosilenhle Masuku warned the football clubs who are competing in the top league on the land to take note of the National First Division football clubs. “Let me warn the football clubs from the top leagues on the land to be careful of the teams from the National first Division as they are capable enough to go all thae way to the finals of this competition”, he said.
The quarter final matches will take place on Saturday, 13th and Sunday, 14th January 2018 at the Somhlolo National Stadium.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) would like to remind its Members and football Clubs that the second window of registration period will commence on Monday, 8th January 2018 to Friday, 2nd February 2018. All affected parties are expected to observe and prepare in advance for this period as there will be no extension to the registration period; as regulated by FIFA. All registrations are expected to have concluded by the last day of registration.
The U20 Men’s National Team has been eliminated in the on-going Maponi COSAFA U20 Men’s competition currently held in Kitwe, Zambia. This tournament didn’t go very well for the local U20 national team as it exited the competition whilst occupying the bottom of Group A position with just a single point.
Out of the 3 matches the local lads played in the tournament; they drew 1 match against Uganda who participated as a guest nation and they lost 2 matches against Malawi and the host nation, Zambia. A total of 4 goals were scored by the U20 national team whilst it conceded 7 goals. In terms of individual success; Muzi Tsabedze was selected as the player of the match for the game against Uganda. As the competition; they are scheduled to return back home on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.
The National U20 Men’s National Team left the country this morning by road for Johannesburg where they will connect a flight to Kitwe, Zambia for the 2017 Maponi Copper Mines COSAFA U20 Championship. Swaziland is in Group A with Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Out of the 3 groups, only the group winners and the best runner- up country will qualify for the Semi-Finals stage of the competition. The travelling delegation consists of 20 players plus 5 officials and it is headed by Mr. Sonnyboy Mabuza who is an Executive Member of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS).
When addressing the players during their sending off function yesterday evening at the Technical Centre in Lobamba; the Vice President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Dr. Comfort Shongwe challenged the national team to make history by winning the competition. “Go to Zambia and make history by winning this competition and also be good ambassadors for the country in the tournament”, he said. The players of the NFAS were also encouraged by the Vice President of the NFAS to up their game during the completion as there will be a lot of football scouts who will be identifying talent for potential recruitment to bigger football clubs around the world. “There will be a lot of scouts in this competition, so play to impress”, he said. He also told the players that playing football with commitment and respect result in achieving great success in as far as the beautiful game is concerned.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NFAS highlighted that the football association is sending this team to compete in this tournament as part of the football development initiatives by the NFAS as these players are expected to grow in the game of football and end up playing for the Senior Men’s National Team. As part of the football association’s football development programmes; the NFAS is sending the U20 Men’s National Team to compete in this tournament so that the players also get international exposure as they grow in the game of football and end up playing for Sihlangu SeMnikati, he said.
Mandla Dlamini who is the Head Coach of the U20 Men’s National Team reported an injury free squad which is very much motivated. “All the players are well and the players are highly motivated”. He said.
The national team is scheduled to arrive in Zambia this afternoon and their first match is against Malawi at the Arther Davies Stadium on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 1130hrs. Below is the list of players that formed part of the delegation:
The finalists of the MVA Ingwenyama Cup were presented with their soccer kits to be used in tomorrow’s match at the King Sobhuza II Stadium. These football clubs ae City Warriors who got the red kit and Young Movers who got the blue kit. In his opening remarks; the MVA Ingwenyama Cup Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nkosilenhle Masuku highlighted that the standard of play is very high. “When you consider that the regional defending champions of this competition are out; it is an indication about the high competitiveness of the tournament”; he said. The PRO also acknowledged Ngwane College as it is the only tertiary institution with a football club that compete in national football competitions and most significantly to reach the play-off stage is an achievement on its own. “Let’s acknowledge Ngwane College FC for being the only tertiary institution to be involved in national football competitions of this calibre”; he said.
Also addressing the audience was the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS) President; Senator Adam Mthethwa who acknowledge MVA for marketing football through this competition. “Thanks you MVA for marketing our football through this competition”; he said. He also thanked the football family and fans for the good conduct since the first edition of this competition and promised the sponsor that this will always be the behaviour. Finally; he invited the fans to go to the stadium and enjoy the beautiful gamer of football.
MVA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Helmon Vilakati thanked His Majesty King Mswati II for this competition as it use football and culture to unite the Swazi Nation. “This is a good journey so far; and thank you, Your Majesty for this competition as it uses football and culture in unifying the nation which is very much unique. Vilakati also thanked the nation for supporting this competition thus far. As this is the last edition of the 3 year- contract; he highlighted that the future of this tournament will be decided by His Majesty King Mswati III as it is His tournament. “The King will give us the wise direction as this competition is owned by him”; he said. The CEO also expressed the sponsor’s delight in as far as the standard of play is concerned. On a business note; he highlighted that the MVA brand has been enriched due to this competition.
The last speaker of this event was the representative of the tournament’s Chairman; Prince Chief Sibonginkosi Dlamini who challenged these regional clubs to go all the way and be National Champions. “I challenge these regional football clubs to go all the way and be national champions “; he said. He also shared to the audience how much the King likes football. “The King likes football as He follows everything about the beautiful game more especially this competition”; he said. On a lighter note, he told the audience that the King always comments about the heaviness of the MVA Ingwenyama Cup Competition needs one to properly balance to be able to lift it successfully thus he hope the sponsorship will also sore and be as heavy as the trophy.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) and the football family at large would like to express congratulatory remarks to Mbabane Swallows FC for their nomination by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the CAF Clubs of the year award. Over and above that; the NFAS acknowledges the efforts of other stakeholders in local football in the development of the game which had a positive effect to Mbabane Swallows FC’s success in both local and international competition in the 2016/2017 football season. Their exploits as a team; has enriched our football brand, the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS), which will have a positive effect on the Senior Men’s National team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) as Mbabane Swallows FC contributes a couple of players to the national team. This success also markets the country in Africa and the world at large is now aware that Mbabane Swallows FC is from Swaziland. The NFAS wishes Mbabane Swallows FC the very best of luck as the voting continues.