The NFAS/Build it Siteki Championship will take centre stage this coming Saturday; 23rd September 2017 as the Siteki Sports Ground. This will be the final store event of this 11th edition of this prestigious football development programme by the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) and the Build it brand. Other store events were held in Nhlangano, Manzini, Matsapha, Mbabane, Piggs Peak, Buhleni and Matata. After this weekend’s store event, the focus will be on the National Championship which will be contested for by the eight (8) pick teams that were formed from the 8 store event as the one for Siteki is to be formed on Saturday.
After this weekend’s store event, the focus will be on the National Championships which will be contested by the 8 pick teams. This implies that the best players that were identified by the qualified coaches of the NFAS will display their football artistry in an event that will take place on the 7th October 2017 at the Somhlolo National Stadium where some of the players will be selected to be part of the U13s National Team. The public is cordially invited to this event as a way of supporting football development in the country.
The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) is out of the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championships after losing the must win match against the guest nation of the competition, Kenya by an odd goal. This goal was scored in the 90th minute which cancelled any hope for the local side to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. Sitsebe SaMhlekazi finished the group stage matches in position 2 of group B with 4 points behind Kenyans who won all their group stage matches thus claiming the total of 9 points. In this match, Sitsebe SaMhlekazi's goalkeeper was named player of the match as she made several important saves to keep Swaziland in the game. The other countries who qualified to the semi finals stage are Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe who are the host of this competition. The semi-finals will be played on Thursday, 21st September 2017.
Catch them whilst they are young. The NFAS/Build it U13s Matata Championship was a huge success as the youngsters displayed their football artistry on Saturday; 16th September 2017 in Matata. A total of 8 football clubs competed in this tournament. These football clubs were divided into 2 groups of 4 football clubs. In group A, Juventus FC and USA Distillers FC qualified for the semi-finals whilst in group B, Young Stars FC and Matata FC qualified for the semi- finals. Juventus FC and USA Distillers FC qualified for the finals after winning their semi-final matches respectively. The former were too good for Matata FC after winning the semi- final match against Matata FC by 3-0 whilst the latter won their semi-final match against Young Stars by 4-3.
In the finals, Juventus FC won by 2-1 against USA Distillers. The player of the day was Ce4limphilo Dlamini from Juventus FC, who it is also in the Build Matata Pick Team. The rest of the players in the Pick Team are as follows:
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.