The Senior Men’s National Team Captain, Banele Dlamini has highlighted that preparations for the upcoming match is very high ahead of the 2021 Total AFCON Qualifier match against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 in Guinea-Bissau. He made his remarks during the media day on Wednesday, 06th November 2019 at the Mavuso Sports Centre.
“We are ready for this match. Despite that people are criticising us with the draws that we have played so far, we are going to compete to our best and try to win the match”, Dlamini said. He also urged EmaSwati to support them. “I urge EmaSwati to support us. We will work hard as we wish to qualify in one of the major tournaments in Africa.
The Skipper’s words were echoed by Sifiso Matse who showed confidence ahead of the upcoming match. “We don’t know anything about our opponents. We are focusing on what we do”, Matse said. He stated that they have to stick on their game plan and tips for the game for them to get good results. Matse also highlighted that he was honoured to play for the national team. “I have learnt a lot. I thank my coaches for this opportunity to play at the National Level”, he said.
The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) will on Sunday, 3rd November 2019 start the full- time camp in preparation of two (2) Total AFCON Qualifier matches to be played on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 against Guinea Bissau (away match) and on Sunday, 17th November 2019 host Senegal. The players who were called by the Head Coach for this training camp are as follows:
Makhanya Mlamuli (Royal Leopards FC), Mathabela Sandanezwe (Mbabane Swallows FC), Msibi Phephisani (Royal Leopards FC),
Mkhonta Lindo (Young Buffaloes FC), Msibi Mlamuli (Royal Leopards FC), Gamedze Sibonginkhosi (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Dlamini Melusi (Royal Leopards FC), Dlamini Peter (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Dlamini Phumlani( Royal Leopards), Ndzabandzaba Siboniso (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mamba Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Banele (Green Mamba FC), Vilakati Vusi (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Ngwenya Siboniso (Young Buffaloes FC)
Mabelesa Mzwandile (Royal Leopards FC), Matse Sifiso (Royal Leopards FC), Matsenjwa Lindani (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Shabangu Wandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Mamba Fanelo (Young Buffaloes FC), Tsabedze Fanelo (Royal Leopards FC), Dlamini Bonginkhosi (Royal Leopards FC)
Gamedze Sandile (Young Buffaloes FC), Dlamini Phinda (Green Mamba FC), Mabuza Allen (Black Swallows FC)
The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hon. Harries Bulunga has congratulated the national team for preserving to make it thus far. “I would like to congratulate the national team for the hard work, battling it out for a place in the 2020 Total CHAN Finals. Indeed , we are now standing on the brink of history; within touching distance of achieving a feat no one has ever accomplished”, Minister said. He made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) to Zambia on Thursday, 17th October 2019 at the Technical Centre, in Lobamba.
When addressing the audience, the Minister stated that His Majesty’s Government and the nation at large have full support to the national team and equally believe in their capabilities of making a history. “We are not sending you out for defeat, we are aware of the progress that you have made. We hope that such will be used as a solid foundation towards achieving the subsequent and eagerly awaited success of our national team”, Bulunga said.
“The time has come for Eswatini to take its place among football’s top tables, the dream that has long been carried by His Majesty King Mswati III. It’s now in your hands to make His Majesty’s dream come true”, he said. Over and above, he urged EmaSwati to put the national team in prayers. “I urge EmaSwati to join the national team in prayer for a safe and successful trip. Indeed, the time has come for Sihlangu to play with the big boys and we hope that they will make the nation proud”, he added.
The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has highlighted that they need to work towards getting good results. “Despite that people are criticizing football, we need to work towards getting good results”, Mthethwa said. The President made his remarks during the farewell ceremony for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) to Zambia on Thursday, 17th October 2019 at the Technical Centre, in Lobamba. Mthethwa stated that as football association, they are trying their best to facilitate the work of the national team, for them to perform very well and deliver good results for the country.
“We are just 90 minutes away to qualify in one of the major tournaments and that comes with its own history”, he said. He further stated that the 90 minutes that they are going to play is very much important and they believe that all the players are in a good frame of mind to compete. “I urge all players to compete to the best of their abilities and make our nation proud. We believe that you are going to perform very well and make history for our country”, he added.
The Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has highlighted that the national team players have the potential to play very well in Zambia and get a positive result. “The players have the potential to play. I see that my team is developing in football”, Papic said. He stated that the spirit in camp is good and they are preparing themselves as much as they can in order to get a win in Lusaka. “Zambia is a strong team but we are not afraid of anybody. We will try our best to win the match and make the nation happy”, he said.
Papic also highlighted that he want to prepare his team to play the style of football he wants them to play. “We have talented players and we want to make history by qualifying to the 2020 CHAN Finals. Despite that we lost in the first leg, we still hope that we will do better in the second leg”, he added. Over and above the coach stated that it is going to be difficult for them but they will work hard to achieve their goal.
The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) Striker, Sandile Gamedze has highlighted that spirit is very high in camp and as players they are preparing themselves as much as they can to be ready to face the Zambians. He made his remarks during the media day at the Mavuso Sports Centre on Tuesday, 15th October 2019.”We are going to redeem ourselves in Zambia. We have to stick on our game plan”, Gamedze said. He further stated that the appropriate game plan for them is to attack so that they can score more goals. “We have to attack so that we can score more goals “, he said. Sihlangu has been too shy in front of goal in recent matches considering the numerous chances that the national team created.
The Striker’s words were echoed by Sihlangu defender Phumlani Dlamini who showed confidence that they are going to win the upcoming match against Zambia. He highlighted that the set- up is good and the spirit iin camp is high. “Despite that we don’t have good results, the set-up is good and spirit is very high in camp. Players are promising to fight and try to win the match”, Dlamini said. Sihlangu must find the back of the net in Zambia in order to have a chance of qualifying for the Total CHAN Finals to be held in Cameroon ealy next year.
After a poor start in the on-going COSAFA U17 Boys Championship where-by Eswatini lost to Zambia by 6-0, Eswatini won the second match against Malawi who are the hosts by 2-1. This result has placed the Gcina Dlamini led side to the second spot in Group A. Zambia is currently leading the group with a 100% record after recording their second win in the competition after defeating the Republic of South Africa by 7-0.
Eswatini’s goals were scored by Khayalethu Zitha and Colani Dvuba. Mfanukhona Magagula was the Man of the Match. The final group A matches will be played on Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 1400hrs. Eswatini will play against the Republic of South Africa at the Kamuzu Stadium whilst log- leaders Zambia will play against third placed Malawi at the Mpiri Stadium. Any win for Eswatini will guarantee them a slot in the semi-finals without relying on the out-come of the other match.
The U17 Men’s National Team Head Coach, Gcina Dlamini has highlighted that it’s not easy to play with countries you didn’t face before, but with the international friendly matches they have played against Botswana and Mozambique, he believes that it will bring a positive impact in this upcoming championship. “If you are playing for this tournament, you are always headed for the unknown. We are going to try our best to leave a mark”, Dlamini said.
Dlamini also stated that they had enough time to prepare, which gave them positive impact in terms of the technical and physical tactics. He further acknowledged Eswatini Football Association for the support that they are giving them. “We are ready to play in this championship. I thank the EFA for the support that they are giving us”, he added.
The U17 Men’s National Team Captain, Siphephelo Philiso has highlighted that the spirit is very high in the camp and players are available to fight for the nation. “Players are available and ready to fight for the nation in this championship”, Philiso said. He made his remarks during training session at the Technical Centre, in preparation for the upcoming 2019 COSAFA U17 Boys Championship to be played in Blantyre, in Malawi starting from 11th -20th October 2019.
Philiso also acknowledged their coaches as they have prepared very well and promised the nation that they will come back home with something.” We prepared very well and players have no injuries. We promise EmaSwati that we will come back home with the cup”, he said.
The Captain’s words were echoed by Colani Dvuba who showed confidence which is a positive signal that they are ready for the upcoming championship in Blantyre, Malawi. He highlighted that players are more committed and ready for the challenge. “We have support from our coaches. Players are more committed and ready for the challenge”, Dvuba said. Over and above, he asked for support from the nation. “I urge EmaSwati to put us in their prayers as we want to come back home with the cup”, he added.
On Saturday, 5th October 2019 the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) in collaboration with Build it hosted the 2019 Build it U13 Siteki Championship at Siteki Sport Ground. Eight (8) teams were competing for the championship. These teams were Ntengenyane, Silent Heroes, Imphumalanga, Barcelona, Matsetsa Arsenal, Lukhula Black Stars, Sangcotfo and Golden. Ntengenyane was crowned champions after defeating Sangcotfo by 2-0. To reach finals, Ntengenyane defeated Black Stars by 2-0 whilst Sangcotfo were the finalists after winning against Barcelona by 2-0.
For their championship, the youngsters were awarded a trophy, a new Build-it branded soccer kit; Build it branded bags, water bottles and individual trophies whilst Sangcotfo got individual trophies, water bottles and soccer bags. The best player was Banele Matse from Ntengenyane who won himself a trophy. When interviewed after the event Matse was very much happy to be crowned the best player. “I am very much excited to be the best player of this tournament. I played very well and I was able to score 5 goals”, Matse said. He further stated that training sessions help them a lot and thanked support they got from their parents and coaches. “My best player is Sifiso Matse from the Royal Leopard and I wish to play for Royal Leopard one day”, he added.
Over and above, the EFA’S CEO Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu acknowledged Build it, parents and coaches for the support that they give to these youngsters. “On behalf of the football association, we kindly thank Build it for supporting football development in the country. We saw talents to these youngsters”, Mngomezulu said. His words were echoed by the Managing Director Piggs Peak, Ebuhleni and Siteki Build it stores, Mr. Khanya Ndlovu who stated that the youngsters played very well and it shows that football is really developing in the country. “Indeed football is developing in the country. We hope that the youth coaches of the EFA were able to identify the football talents to the players”, Ndlovu said.