The FIFA MA Basic Course was officially closed on Friday, 15th September 2017 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. Present during this event was the Vice President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS); Dr. Comfort Shongwe, Chairman of the Referees Committee; Mr. Philip Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu just to mention a few. When making his remarks, the Vice President of the NFAS thanked FIFA for the support towards the development of football in the country. "Thank you FIFA for your support towards the development of football in the country. As the NFAS, we are very much grateful for what you have done for football in the country", he said. He also highlighted that the sharing of knowledge and expertise is vital for the development of the sport. He told the participants to go and develop the youngsters in their respective football clubs. "In life you start small and grow big. Go and orginize the youngsters. Train them and make a difference in the sport", said the Vice President. He also asked the participants to engage the parents of these youngsters inorder to get their support.
Also making his remarks was the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Alejandro Heredia who thanked everyone for the good cooperation during the course. He also encouraged the participants to continue learning as football is a dynamic sport. "Never stop learning as this is a dynamic sport. "Never stop learning as this is a dynamic sport", he said.
The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) started the COSAFA Women's Championship on a positive note as they won against Mauritius by 3-0 in a match that was played at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. According to the National Team's Captain; Sibongile Ngwenya, it was not an easy match as their opponents also wanted to win this match as both national teams were looking forward to a positive start in as far as their participation in the tournament is concerned. "We played very well however, it was not an easy match", she said. The captain also highlighted that this match gave them an idea on what to expect as the competition progresses. " This match gave us the picture on what to expect in upcoming matches in the tournament", said the captain. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi scored through Celiwe Nkambule who was also chosen to as the player of the match. the other two goals were scored by Nobuhle Mdluli and Nkola Songa . The next match for the Senior Women's National Team will be against Mozambique on Saturday, 16th September 2017 at the Luveve Stadium.
The FIFA MA Goalkeeping Course was officially opened by the President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS); Senator Adam Mthethwa at the Technical Centre. This event was attended by the Executive Committee Member; Mr Philip Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NFAS; Mr Frederick Mngomezulu, FIFA Instructor Mr. Alejandro Heredia Technical Director (TD) of the NFAS; Mr Bhekisisa Mkhonta, Participants and the Media. When making his remarks, the President of the NFAS officially welcomed the FIFA Instructor to the country and also extended the football associations appreciation for the support that it gets from the international football organisations. "Let me first welcome you Mr. FIFA Instructor and also extend our appreciation to FIFA, CAF and COSAFA for the support towards football development in the country", said the President of the NFAS. He also highlighted the importance of such courses as they enhance the skills of the participants. "Such courses are very important for our football as nearly every thing in life require skill, thus these courses enhances those skills that are essential for our football development' he said.
Also making his remarks was the FIFA Instructor who thanked the NFAS for the hospitality that he gets whenever he comes to the country to facilitate a course. " I feel very much honored to be part of this course and also thank you very much to the NFAS for the wonderful hospitality that I get whenever I come to this country to facilitate a course", he said. He also highlighted that this is an important course as goalkeepers are very important members of any football club. In total, there are twenty one participants and this course will end on Friday, 15 September 2017.
Elite football female referee, Letticia Antonella Viana has been selected by COSAFA to be one of the referees for the 2017 COSAFA Women Championship that will be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as from the 13th-24th September 2017. Her selection is a great indicator of the growth of refereeing in the country and a great motivation to the women folk as her selection exhibits the great opportunity that lie ahead for the current aspiring women referees. This has further laid a solid foundation in terms of the standard of refereeing in the country as it gives the country some great hope with continued education, training and hard work by the referees, it is possible that in future Swazi referees could be in line for selection to various major football competitions in the continent and globally.
The Senior Women's National team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) left the country yesterday evening (Sunday, 10th September 2017) for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to participate in the COSAFA Women's Championships. This delegation consists of 20 players and 5 officials. The Head of delegation is MP Sikhumbuzo Dlamini. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi is in group B alongside Mauritius, Mozambique and Kenya. The opening match for Sitsebe SaMhlekazi will be against Mauritius on Thursday, 14th September 2017 at the Luveve Stadium. Their second match will be against Mozambique on Saturday, 16th September 2017 on the the same venue. The final match of the group will be against Kenya on Tuesday, 18th September 2017 at the Barbourfield Stadium. The group winners in each of the 4 groups plus the best runner-ups will qualify for the semi-finals.
As from Monday 11th September 2017, FIFA will be conducting the Basic Goalkeeping Course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba up to Friday 15th September 2017. The opening ceremony for this course will be at 1100 hrs (11:00 a.m.) while the closing ceremony will be 1300hrs on Friday 15th September 2017. The FIFA Instructor who will facilitate this course is Mr Alejandro Heredia from Argentina who is based in the Republic of South Africa. The target audience for this course are Regional Clubs’ Goalkeeping Coaches. These Coaches will be equipped theoretically and practically.
The purpose of this course is to nourish the technical and tactical awareness of the goalkeeper coaches as a way of enhancing their knowledge and practical experiences and momentously; is the fact that football is a dynamic game of which such courses plays a vital role in matching the latest trends in the game of football hence the need to adequately train the coaches regularly to augment their significant role of coaching the goalkeepers in their respective clubs.
The 2017/2018 MTN Premier League was officially launched at the Mahlalekhikhini House in Ezulwini which is the Head Office of the mobile network company with a sponsorship of Four Million and Ninety Seven, Six Hundred and eighty –four Emalangeni only (E4 097 684.00). This event marks the official kick-off of the 2017/2018 MTN Premier League and National First Division competitions. Present during this event was the President of the National Football association of Swaziland (NFAS); Senator Adam Mthethwa, Chairman of the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS); Mr. Victor Gamedze, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Swaziland; Mr Ambrose Dlamini and the Consumer Officer of MTN Swaziland; Mr Sam Shongwe, just to mention a few.
When marking his remarks, the President of the NFAS, expressed the football association’s gratitude towards the sponsor, MTN Swaziland for her investment towards football development in the country. “As the core business of the NFAS is to develop and regulate football in the country, I would like express our sincere gratitude to MTN Swaziland for her support towards football development in the country”, said the President of the NFAS. He also highlighted that such sponsorships enhances the football brand of the country in as far as the standard of play is concerned. The President concluded by expressing the football association’s appreciation in as far as the application of professionalism in the sport is concerned which will encourage more sponsors to invest in the game of billions.
The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) also expressed her appreciation in as far as the partnership with MTN Swaziland is concerned. “As PLS, we are very much happy with our partnership with MTN Swaziland over the years, thus we very much recognize her effort as a brand and our sponsor”, said the Chairman of the PLS. also marking his remarks was PLS’s Executive Member; Mr. Mark Carmichael who also highlighted PLS’s gratitude towards MTN Swaziland for sponsoring the elite league in the country over the years. “Through MTN Swaziland, we are able to realize our aims and ambitions in football, thus credit must go to the MTN”, said Mark Carmichael. He also described the MTN Premier League as a competition that distinguishes the followers of the country’s football as it is more of a marathon.
Speaking on behalf of MTN Swaziland was Mr Ambrose Dlamini who expressed the sponsor’s excitement in partnering with football over the years. “as MTN Swaziland, we thank and appreciate the football family for the partnership, thus as a sponsor we take pride of being involved in football in the country and in sports in general”, said the CEO of MTN Swaziland. The Consumer Officer for NTN Swaziland; Mr. Sam Shongwe highlighted that the sponsor has invested over Twenty- Five Million Emalangeni (E25 000 000.00) in Swazi football through PLS. Football fans were not left out by the sponsor as fan engagement initiatives will be implemented by the sponsor as a way of motivating them to go and watch the matches in the stadiums though out the competition. The media was also acknowledged for the significant role that they play throughout the football season.
The Public Relations Officers (PROs) of the respective clubs under the PLS also acknowledged MTN Swaziland for her investment in the game of football over the years. Speaking on their behalf was Mr Frank Hurube who pledged the clubs’ support in as far as the marriage between PLS and MTN Swaziland is concerned. He also pleaded to the clubs to compete in good conduct and in the spirit of fair play.
The Senior Women’s National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) will on Friday, 8th September 2017 play an international friendly match between South Africa’s U20 National Women Team at the Somhlolo National Stadium. This international friendly match will kick off at 1530 hrs (3:30 pm). This is part of Sitsebe SaMhlekazi’s preparations for the upcoming COSAFA Women’s Championships that will be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as from the 13th -24th September 2017. The Senior Women's National team is in Group B alongside Mozambique, Mauritius and Kenya. The opening match of Sitsebe SaMhlekazi will be against Mauritius on the 14th September 2017 at the Luveve Stadium. This fixture for the local Women's Senior National Team will be followed by a match against Mozambique on the 16th September 2017 at the Luveve stadium and the closing match in the group stages will be against Kenya on the 18th September 2017 at the Barbourfield Stadium.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) hereby extends a special tribute and momentous gratitude to His Majesty King Mswati III together with the Royal Household for gracing the 16th edition of the Swaziland Post and Telecommunications (SPTC) Charity Cup Competition. As football association and family, we are always humbled by His Majesty’s attendance. The presence of His Majesty gave this event the glamour and Royal extravagance.
Further appreciation goes to the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, his Cabinet and Civil Service, Members of both Houses of Parliament, SPTC, Football family, Invited guest, Fans and the Media for being part of this historic event. They are also the principal reason the whole event was a success as charity was the ultimate winner (Yam’Nawe). The huge turnout and attendance was testimonial to the edition’s slogan as everyone contributed to the course of uplifting the disadvantaged soul of the country.
Finally the NFAS would like to congratulate the Champions; Mbabane Swallows FC; both the senior and U20 teams respectively, for their triumphs in both the senior and U20 categories of the cup. None of such could have been actualized without the sponsors, SPTC and the SPTC Charity Cup Organising Committee who presented a well- coordinated programme from its launch to the very end of this edition. The football family remains greatly indebted to SPTC.
The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) played two (2) international friendly matches against two Namibians National Teams. The first match was between the Brave Gladiators which was played on Saturday, 26th August 2017 at the Namibian Football Association's (NFA) Technical Centre. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi lost by 3-2. It was the home side that drew the first bloood through Twelikondjela Amukoto's header. The Namibians scored 2 more goals before half time to make the score line 3-0 through Anna Marie Shikusho who scored a brace. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi came back stronger in the second half as they were able to score their first goal of the match through Celiwe Nkambule. The Swazi side continued to apply more pressure to the Namibians and they were rewarded for their efforts as they scored their second goal of the match via the boot of Ncobile Dlamini who converted a penalty.
On Sunday, 27th August 2017, Sitsebe SaMhlekazi played another international friendly match against the Young Gladiators of Namibia and they lost by 4-3 on penalties after playing to a 2-2 draw. It was the Namibian's Kyle van Wyk that opened the scoreline as the host lead by a solitary goal until half time. In the second half, the host increased the score line as they doubled the advantage through Lillie Kasheeta. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi managed to force the match into penalty shoot- out after Ncobile Dlamini scored a brace in the second half.
Sitsebe SaMhlekazi used these international friendly matches as part of the preparations for the upcoming COSAFA Women's Championships to be held in Zimbabwe as from the 13th - 24th September 2017.