The Senior Men’s National Team, Sihlangu SeMnikati left the country by road to Rustenburg, North West Province in the Republic of South Africa for the COSAFA Castle Cup Competition. The first match of the Nation’s Pride is on Sunday, 2nd July 2017 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. Kick-off is at 1930hrs.

During a farewell function that was held at the National Football association of Swaziland’s (NFAS), the Minister of Sports; Culture and Youth Affairs; Honourable Minister David Ngcamphalala, wished the Sihlangu SeMnikati the best of luck in the tournament and a safe trip to and from Rustenburg. “As you leave the country today, I wish you a safe trip to and from Rustenburg and also good luck for the tournament”, he said. The Honourable Minister also assured the National Team’s Head Coach, Pieter De Jongh that the Swazi nation is fully behind him and the National Team. He also wished Mbabane Swallows FC the best of luck on Sunday, as they will also represent the Swazi Nation in the CAF Confederation Cup match against CS Sfaxien from Tunisia.

The President of the NFAS echoed the Honourable Minister’s words, as he also wished the National Team the best of luck in the tournament and a safe trip to and from Rustenburg. The President of the NFAS also thanked His Majesty’s Government for the support to the National Team. “As the NFAS, we would like to thank His Majesty’s Government for the full support to the National Team”, he said. The Head of delegation is the NFAS’s Vice President, Dr Comfort Shongwe. The Nation’s Pride is scheduled to return be back home on the 10th July 2017. Below are the players who are part of the National team for the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup Competition:


  1. Sidumo Vilakati
  2. Phephisani Msibi


  • Machawe Dlamini
  • Siboniso Malambe
  • Siboniso Ndzabandzaba
  • Samkeliso Gumbi
  • Sifiso Nkambule
  • Phumlani Dlamini
  • Sabelo Gamedze


  • Mxolisi Luhele
  • Mphile Tsabedze
  • Sifiso Matse
  • Xolani Sibandze
  • Menzi Mamba
  • Menzi Sithole
  • Sifiso Mazibuko


  • Phinda Dlamini
  • Bonginkosi Dlamini
  • Felix Badenhorst
  • Simanga Shongwe
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