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.
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.
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.
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".
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:
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.
The 2017 Schools’ Women Championships came to an end as the National Championship took the centre stage on Saturday 5th August 2017 in as far as Women Football is concerned. A total of ten (10) schools participated in the National Championships after qualifying from the regional phase. This competition commenced with the Zonal Championships thus a total of six hundred and eighty four (684) girls participated in this year’s women football development programme.
The National Championship was the climax of this Women football development initiative as the major question was who will be the National Champions? The participating schools on the day were, Njabulweni; Elangeni; Phonjwane; Moyeni; Hluthi Central; Hillside; Koberamokgadi; Makhosini; Ntfonjeni and Nkalashane High Schools.
For being crowned Champions after winning against Hillside High school by 3-0, Elangeni High school won a Trophy, gold medals and they are yet to receive a soccer kit from Ocean Basket. The runners- ups got silver medals. The was a third place play-off match between Makhosini High School and Nkalashane High School with the former winning by 2-0 and got bronze medals. There were also individual prizes which were the best player of the competition; best goalkeeper and the top goal scorer.
The best player award was won by Nonkululeko Sibandze from Hillside; the best goalkeeper was Nokulunga Lukhele from Elangeni High school. Sibonelo Dlamini was the top goal scorer of the competition.
The Goalkeeping Festival that was hosted by the National Football association of Swaziland will enhance the Coaches as they were able to gain the technical and tactical aspects on how to effectively train a goalkeeper. This event was held on Sunday, 6th august 2017 at the Somhlolo National Stadium. The facilitator of this Goalkeeping Festival was the NFAS Coaching Instructor, Mr Anthony Mdluli.
When making his remarks, he highlighted the importance of having qualified Coaches at club level. “It is very much vital that all clubs more especially those competing at the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) and the National First Division levels to have goalkeeper Coaches as they compete in the most high competitions in the country where they even have an opportunity to compete against the best clubs in the continent of Africa”, he said. The NFAS Instructor also highlighted that most successful clubs in the world have top-class goal keepers which is also an indication that, with a good goalkeeper, a football club can have better chances of getting good results and win trophies.
There were about forty (40) participants during this event of which it achieved its mandate.
The Senior Women’s National Team (Sitsebe SaMhlekazi) is currently in camp preparing for the upcoming COSAFA Women’s Championships to be held in Zimbabwe. This competition will be played between the 13th-23rd September 2017.
The Head Coach of the national team, Mduduzi Nxumalo, highlighted that so far their preparations are going very well however; one player by the name of Welile Nxumalo is attended assessed by the medical team as she had a knock during one of the training sessions. “The is progress in as far as the fitness level of the players is concerned, however, we have to put more effort on the psychological aspect of the players”, he said. He also mentioned that defensively, the national team is improving even though they have to work on the transition play as in the game of football; matches are won by scoring goals.
Sitsebe SaMhlekazi is training three (3) times per day as a way of intensifying their preparations. The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) urges the nation more especially the corporate sector to support the Senior Women’s National Team as we recognize the Women’s month in order for them to maximize their preparations so that they increase their chances of representing the country very well during the tournament. The support can either be financially or materially as the national team needs a lot of water, energy drinks, allowances and meals just to mention a few for the duration of the training camp and the competition itself.
The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) has expressed its heartfelt condolences to the South African Football Association (SAFA), the Council of South African Football Association (COSAFA), Government of the Republic of South Africa, the sporting fraternity of the Republic of South Africa, most extensively the affected families, relatives and friends for the establishments of the shocking tragedy that happened at the FNB Stadium during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs FC and Orlando Pirates FC.
Like the rest of the sphere, the NFAS still cannot comprehend the dreadful tragedy but believe that God Almighty will afford solace and reassurance to all affected at such a depressing instant. Football is a global sport that brings entertainment to the fans who are the consumers of the beautiful game, however, such traumatic experiences are very much unfortunate, and thus the NFAS expresses its symbol of solidarity and best wishes of recovery to all affected and speedy recovery to all affected families, society and establishments as a result of this stampede.
May the souls of the departed, “Rest in Peace”.