It’s match day for two Eswatini teams in the Total Energies Interclubs Competitions as Young Buffaloes FC and Royal Leopards FC will be in action on Saturday afternoon. The former will play against Red Arrows FC at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini whilst the latter will play against Zesco United FC at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Young Buffaloes FC will need a minimum of a 1-0 win whilst a barren draw for Royal Leopards FC will guarantee them qualifications to the next round of the Total Energies CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively. Royal Leopard FC won the first leg encounter on home soil last week by 1-0 whilst Young Buffaloes FC lost away from home by 2-1 in Lusaka. Both matches will kick-off at 1500hrs.
Royal Leopard FC is one foot into the next round of the Total Energies CAF Champions League after winning the first leg against Zesco United FC on home turf at the Mavuso Sports Centre. The Eswatini side now need a minimum of a goalless draw to proceed to the next round where they could play either against GD Sagrada Esperancia (Angola) or FC Platinum (Zimbabwe). “It was a tough match at home even though we missed three clear scoring chances however, we will rectify our mistakes and finish the job in Ndola on Saturday”, said Royal Leopards FC head coach Edwin Matsebula.
His counterpart Numba Mamamba shared a similar sentiment as he also vowed that his team will finish the task in Zambia regardless of losing the away fixture against Royal Leopard FC. “We created good scoring chances however we didn’t convert them into goals however, we will accept the results and pick ourselves up in the return match in Ndola”, Mamamba said.
Both sides are due to play against each other at the levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday at 1500hrs.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. It seems like this is the ‘tactic’ that Royal Leopard FC and Zesco United FC have applied for the Total Energies CAF Champions Leagues match to be played on Saturday, 11th September 2021 at the Mavuso Sports Centre. Kick-off for this match is at 1500hrs (3:00 p.m.).
During the pre-match press conference held on the eve of the match at the matchday venue, Royal Leopard FC head coach Edwin Matsebula confidently stated that his team is ready for this match. “We have done our preparations and we are ready for the match”, Matsebula said. His words were echoed by the team’s captain Muzi Dlamini who also highlighted their readiness for this match. “We prepared for almost a month for this fixture and we are more than ready”, Dlamini said.
Zesco United FC’s head coach, Numba Mamamba also stated his team’s readiness for this international match. “We have done everything possible to make sure that the team is ready”, Mumamba said. He also added that that the team is here to play not to defend. Ït is going to be a good game as we are here to play not to defend”, Mumamba said. Zesco United FC’s captain, Jesse Were who will play against Eswatini side for the second time after previously playing against Mbabane Swallows FC highlighted that they are here to fight. “We are here to fight as a team and at least get an away goal”, Were said.
The second leg for between this teams will be played next week in Zambia with the aggregate winner proceeding to the next round of the Total Energies CAF Champions League.
Following the successful implementation of the EFA Election on the 27th June 2021, the EFA in compliance with the EFA Statutes has appointed the following standing committees’ members who will serve for the period 2021 to June 2023:
Safety and Security Committee
Players Status Committee
Internal Audit Committee
Marketing and Communications Committee
The EFA Executive Committee owing to the requirements of Club Licensing, also in compliance with the EFA Statutes has appointed the following members into the First Instance Body for club licensing:
Club Licensing Committee
EFA will in due course make an announcement on the appointment of the judicial bodies of EFA. In the meantime the current judicial bodies are in full force for any matters that may require their attention. EFA takes this opportunity to congratulate all the standing committee members and wish them the very best of luck as they execute their responsibilities in the development of football in the country.
Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has supported Manzini Wanderers Ladies FC as the team prepares to compete in the inaugural Total Energies CAF Champions League. This is part of EFA’s effort in developing Women’s football in the country.
“EFA has paid the E145 000.00 participation fee for Manzini Wanderers FC as this is one of the requirements for all the participating teams in the competition”, said the General Secretary of the EFA Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu. Over and above this, he highlighted that EFA has facilitated the transportation and COVID-19 testing for the whole delegation that travelled to Durban where the competition will be implemented. “EFA has paid for the transportation and COVID-19 tests for the delegation that travelled to Durban where the competition will be implemented”, Mngomezulu said. The delegation comprises of twenty players and eleven officials and is headed by an EFA Executive Member Ms Cindy Dludlu. Manzini Wanderers Ladies FC is in group A together with Double Action (Botswana), Lesotho Defence Force (Lesotho) and Mamelodi Sundowns FC (South Africa). The competition kicks off on the 25th August and ends on the 4th August 2021.
The former FIFA accredited referee Mr. Simanga Nhleko’s disqualification of being one of the candidates for the Eswatini Referees Association’s (ERA’s) elections has been lifted by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Ethics Committee. This was after one of the nomenees lodged a complaint as per Article 58 of the FIFA Code of Ethics on allegations that he campaigned which is an act that is prohibited for this elections.
Mr. Simanga Nhleko exercised his right and appeal the decision of the Ethics Committee to disqualify him; and subsequently succeeded in the Appeals Board. He is now eligible to stand for elections in the position of Chairman.
The much anticipated COSAFA Women’s Championship Gqeberha 2021 draw has been implemented. A total of twelve countries will compete in the competition which includes nine countries from the COSAFA region and three guest nations from the other CAF zones. Group A comprises of South Africa, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique. In Group B there is Botswana, Tanzania, South Sudan and Zimbabwe and in Group C there is Zambia, Namibia, Eswatini and Uganda. The competition is scheduled to kick off on the 15th and end on the 26th September 2021 in Gqeberha.
According to the Senior Women’s National Team (Sitsebe) Head Coach Dumisani Makhanya, this is a tough draw with all the groups being strong. “It is a tough draw and the is no better group as all the national teams are very much competitive”, Makhannya said. With the COVID-19 pandemic still terrorising the globe, the coach lamented the effects of this virus as it adversely affected the fitness levels of the national team players. “The current situation of the players is worsened by the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic as the players were not playing for a very long time, however as the technical team we are working very hard in preparing the national team that will match the international standard of play”, Makhanya said. Sitsebe has been training three times a week and will soon go to full time camp in readiness of this competition.
The U-20 Women National Team is confident about qualifying to the second round of the FIFA-20 Women World Cup after playing to a barren draw against Mozambique on home turf. Both teams are due to play against each other in the second leg to be implemented in Maputo, Mozambique on Saturday, 21st August 2021. The national team created numerous scoring opportunities during the match that was played at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini but did not convert them to goals. “We created a lot of chances unfortunately we did not score”, said Coach Simphiwe Simelane.
She also highlighted that they will go to Mozambique for a win and proceed to the next round. “We will go to Maputo for a win as we want to qualify to the next round of the qualifiers. “ We will go to Maputo for a win as we want to qualify to the next round”, Simelane said. Her words were echoed by the national team captain Simangele Sikhondze who minced no words that they will qualify for the next round. “Even though we didn’t score here at home, we are confident that’s we will finish the business in Maputo and qualify for the next round”, Sikhondze said. Currently the national team is in camp at the Lobamba Technical Centre in readiness for the away match against Mozambique.
The Eswatini Referees Association’s (ERA’s) elections has been deferred by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s ) Ethics Committee due to an appeal that was filled by Mr. Simanga Nhleko after he was ruked to have campaigned to be elected. This was disclosed by the Ethics Committee through the Chairperson Senior Magistrate Siphosini Dlamini. The elections were scheduled for Sunday, 1st August 2021 at Sigwaca House in Mbabane.
“The Ethics Committee has decided to defer the elections as one party decided to file an appeal after he was disqualified”, Dlamini said. This disqualification was implemented after Mr. Sabelo Kunene filed a complaint on Tuesday in reference to Article 58 of the FIFA Code of Ethics. Campaigning is prohibited in as far as these elections are concerned, which an act that the Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee discovered that it was implied by Mr. Simanga Nhleko thus his disqualification.
As per the EFA Electoral Code, Mr. Simanga Nhleko had a right to appeal which he did. “Mr. S. Nhleko had a right to appeal within three days which he did thus the deferring of the elections”, Dlamini said. The future date for the elections will be communicated in due course. Another campaigning matter was also reported which involved Mr. John Mensah who was accused of using a social media platform (WhatsApp) to campaign. The Ethics Committee is also working on this matter as well.
The Women U20 National Team is currently in camp preparing for the 2023 FIFA Women U20 World Cup Qualifier Match which also serves as the 2022 Total Women U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match as well. Eswatini will play against Mozambique at the Mavuso Sports Centre on Saturday, 7th August 2021 and kick-off is at 1500hrs (3:00 pm). The second leg will be played in Mozambique on the 21st August 2021. The aggregate winners will play against South Africa in a two legged encounter late September and early October respectively with the winner qualifying for the 2022 Total Women U20 Finals to be implemented in Morocco whilst the 2023 FIFA U20 Women World cup will be played in Costa Rica.
“The preparations are going well even though COVID-19 had a great effect on the players’ level of fitness but we are doing our level best to have a competitive team come match day”, said the national team head coach, Simphiwe Simelane. She also highlighted that the technical team is aware on what to expect from the opponents as they know them. “We know Mozambique as a fast team thus we are working of the speed of the players”, she said.
Nonjabuliso Mogkale who is the captain of the national team, stated wthe they are looking forward to the match. “We are looking forward to this match and come match day, we will be ready for Mozambique as we are targeting for a win”, Mokgale said. Her words were echoed by the national team defender; Simangele Sikhondze who stated that they want positive results in as far as this match is concerned. “Come match day, we will be ready for them as we have already switched in as far as this match is concerned, regardless of the COVID-19 effects”, Sikhondze said.