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INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH BETWEEN THE SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AND SOUTH AFRICA’S U20 NATIONAL WOMEN TEAM

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.

NFAS ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRESENCE OF HIS MAJESTY KING MSWATI III DURING THE SPTC CHARITY CUP TOURNAMENT

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.

SITSEBE SAMHLEKAZI PLAYED TWO INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCHES AGAINST NAMIBIAN'S NATIONAL TEAMS

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.

SITESEBE SAMHLEKAZI IN GROUP B OF THE COSAFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

The Senior Women's National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) is in Group B of the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championships to beheld in Zimbabwe from the 13-24th September 2017. The local side has been drawn alongside, Kenya, Mauritius and Mozambique. The full draw of the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championship is as follows:

GROUP A

Zimbabwe

Zambia

Madagascar

Malawi

 

GROUP B

Kenya

Mauritius

Mozambique

Swaziland

 

GROUP C

South Africa

Namibia

Lesotho

Botswana

 

Sitsebe SaMhlekazi's group stage matches are as follows:

  • September 14 (Luveve Stadium-Mauritius VS Swaziland) @ 1030hrs.
  • September 16 (Luveve Stadium- Mozambique VS Swaziland @ 1630hrs.
  • September 18 (Luveve Stadium- Kenya VS Swaziland @ 1630 hrs.

 

The Nation , more especially the private sector, is urged to support Sitsebe SaMhlekazi as the commencement date of the competition draws nearer. Currently the Senior Women's National Team is in camp in readiness for this vital international assignment.

FIFA MA REFEREEING COURSE OFFICIALLY OPENED

The FIFA MA Refereeing Course was officially opened by the President of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Senator Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 21st August 2017 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This FIFA Event will end on Friday, 25th August 2017.

When making his remarks, the NFAS President reminded everyone about the main mandate of the NFAS, which is to develop football in the country of which it involves even the development of human resources that is used in the sport. “Let me remind everyone that the main mandate of the NFAS is to develop football in the country, of which it also vital to develop the human resources that is used in the sport”, he said. It is for this matter that the referees are being trained so that, they can perform their duties more efficiently. “Clubs were in their pre-season training of which a similar exercise is needed for referees before the new football season kicks off”, stressed the President of the NFAS.

He thanked FIFA for empowering local football and also congratulated the participants for being in such an important course. The President also believe that after this course, football will benefit as the referees will be empowered.

Also making his remarks during this event was the FIFA Fitness Instructor, Mr. Bento Thomas Navesse from Mozambique who also spoke on behalf of his colleague; FIFA Refereeing Technical Instructor; Mr. Doue Desire from Cot d’ Ivoire, who expressed their delight to be in the Kingdom of Swaziland and more especially for him as he commenced his FIFA Instructorship in this country in 2015. They are also looking forward to a successful course.

This FIFA MA Refereeing Course opening ceremony was also witnessed by the Referees Committee  (RC) Chairman and an Executive Member of the NFAS; Mr. Philip Dlamini, the Chief executive Officer of the NFAS; Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu, local Refereeing Instructors and the Media.

CHARITY CUP A SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION OVER THE YEARS-NFAS PRESIDENT

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Senator Adam Mthethwa is pleased with the impact that the SPTC Charity Cup Competition has done to football and the society. When addressing the audience during the soccer kits presentations on Thursday, 17 th August 2017, the President of the NFAS highlighted that the Cup of Hope is very good for football as clubs are able to showcase their readyness for the new season whilst at the same time it provides a perfect platform to improve a lot of lives in the country over the years which makes the whole concept of this tournerment a successful one.

"This competition has been a success over the years as clubs are able to showcase what the fans can look forward to in as far as the new season is concerned and also the fact that charity is always a winner which is the main purpose of the competition", said the President of the NFAS.

Speaking of success, he also said that the country will be hosting its 50/50 celebration, the tripatate has already received the challenge of making the next edition the best ever Charity Cup. The President also urged the public to attend the Charity Cup games that will be played at the King Sobhuza Stadium on Sunday, 20th  2017.

YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS TO PLAY IN DURBAN

As the main mandate of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) is to develop football in the country, the Youth National Teams in the age categories of U13's, U15's, U 17's and U20's will participate in an International Invitation Tournament in Durban, South Africa on the weekend of the 25th/26th August 2017. This confirmation was made the Executive Committee of the NFAS in a meeting that was held on Thursday, 15th August 2017 at Sigwaca House. This is a drive by the NFAS to intensify the development of future senior national teams'' players in accordance with the new strategic plan. These players are also developed in order to grace our football clubs.

NFAS MOURN THE DEATH OF A FORMER NATIONAL TEAM'S GOALKEEPER

The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), has expressed its heartfelt on behalf of the football intimate in Swaziland to the Robson "Sparks" Dlakubi's family, relatives, his former clubs, international teammates and friends for the shocking demise of this football legend who has served the country diligently. He was an asset to the beautiful game during his playing days and had already graduated as Goalkeeper Coach in the FIFA MA Goalkeeping Coaching Course held in Swaziland, where he had committed to extend his expert knowledge and experience in a field that he graced and excelled on. Mr Robson Dlakubi will always be remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers who played for the Senior National Team (Sihlangu SeMnikati) between 1986-1993. May his soul, "Rest in Peace".  

TALENT IDENTIFICATION IN THE NFAS/BUILD IT U13’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

The young should be nurtured so they can aspire to their full potential. This is the spirit of the NFAS/Build It U13’s Championships, which was also experienced at the Manzini Club on Saturday over this past weekend.

Football development was the winner as the eight (8) U 13’s teams competed, with Manzini Sundowns being the last team standing. The best player on the day was Manzini Sundown’s Midfielder, Junior Mtsetfwa. What was also unique about this championship was the participation of a young girl by the name of Anele Ngwenya who is a goalkeeper for Shibobo Academy. She is also in the Build It Manzini Pick Team. This young girl’s participation is an indication that football development and the beautiful game in general is for everyone. Speaking of women’s involvement in football, the winning coach of this competition was also a woman.Her name is Zenzi Bulunga. Below is the list of players in the Manzini Build It Pick Team:

GOALKEEPERS

  1. Wethu Dlamini : Bad Boyz
  2. Siyandza Dlamini : Manzini Sundows
  3. Anele Ngwenya : Ishibobo Academy

 

DEFENDERS

  1. Sibusiso Madlopha : Ishibobo Academy
  2. Junior Shabangu : Ishibobo Academy
  3. Sizwe Kunene : Ishibobo Acacdemy
  4. Vusi Dlamini : Bad Boyz
  5. Phiwa Maphanga : Bad Boyz
  6. Alex Dlamini : Skom Boyz
  7. Luyanda Mtsetfwa : New Boyz

 

MIDFIELDER

  1. Junior Mtsetfwa : Manzini Sudowns
  2. Sifiso Mtsetfwa : New Boyz
  3. Zweli Mndzebele : New Boyz
  4. Lando Dlamini : Ishibobo academy
  5. Lihle Motsa : Moneni Pirates
  6. Lunga Mdluli : Moneni Pirates
  7. Yeki Khumalo : Ishibobo Academy

 

Strikers

  1. Wakhile Dlamini : Moneni Pirates
  2. Sifiso Matimela : Sisonkhe
  3. Mcobi Ndlangamandla : Ishibobo

 

NFAS/ BUILD IT NHLANGANO CHAMPIONSHIPS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

The NFAS/Build It Nhlangano Championship that was held at the King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium in Nhlangano was a huge success. This event was also witnesses by the Chief executive Officer (CEO) of the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), Mr Frederick Mngomezulu and the Build It Mbabane Assistant Manager, Mr Eugen Meyer.

This event commenced by a walk from Nhlangano Build It Store to the venue where the matches were played. Forming part of this march were the NFAS and Build It employees, Coaches, Clubs and the Royal Swaziland Police Services (RSP). The main purpose of this walk was to raise some awareness in as far as this event was concerned.

In the field of play, it was the main business of the day which was playing football as the clubs competed for the championship. A total of fourteen (14) matches were played including the finals that were played between Jojo FC and Barcelona FC which ended in a 1-1 score line, with the former being the eventual winners after penalty shootouts. For their efforts, the Champions won themselves a Trophy, Individual trophies; a soccer kit and individual bags whilst the runners -ups won themselves individual trophies and bags.

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