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One Chinese philosopher Confucius once said “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door”. It seems like the Senior Men National Head Coach, Dominic Kunene had applied this philosophy as he stated that the is a plan for the Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup 2022 match against Mauritius which will be the opening Group B match of the competition to be played on Wednesday, 6th July 2022 at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

“Our preparations went well and we have a plan for Mauritius”, Kunene said. The head coach also highlighted that all the players that made the trip to Durban are fully fit and looking forward to the match. "All the players are available for selection", Kunene said. The match will kick-off at 1400hrs.

The Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) is ready for the upcoming Hollywood bets COSAFA 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. When addressing the media, the national team head coach, Domenic Kunene stated that the preparations for this competition went well.

“The preparations went well and the players are committed”, Kunene said. He also highlighted the significance of not putting the players under pressure. “We will not put the players under pressure as we will take each match as it comes”, Kunene said.

His words were echoed by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta who also highlighted that as players they are ready for the competition. “The spirit is high and we are ready for the competition”, Mkhonta said. The skipper also stated that as a team they have worked on previous mistakes and are now looking forward in doing better in the competition. “As players we are not happy when we concede as we know that we will definitely score”, the captain said.

The Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) is ready for the upcoming Hollywood bets COSAFA 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. When addressing the media, the national team head coach, Domenic Kunene stated that the preparations for this competition went well.

“The preparations went well and the players are committed”, Kunene said. He also highlighted the significance of not putting the players under pressure. “We will not put the players under pressure as we will take each match as it comes”, Kunene said.

His words were echoed by the national team captain, Lindo Mkhonta who also highlighted that as players they are ready for the competition. “The spirit is high and we are ready for the competition”, Mkhonta said. The skipper also stated that as a team they have worked on previous mistakes and are now looking forward in doing better in the competition. “As players we are not happy when we concede as we know that we will definitely score”, the captain said.

The senior Men National Team Head Coach Dominic Kunene has named 27 players in the provisional squad that will report for camp on Sunday, 19th June 2022 at the Technical Centre in Lobamba. This mark the commencement of the senior national team’s reparations for the upcoming COSAFA Cup 2022 competition to be implemented in Durban, South Africa as from the 5th – 17th July 2022. The players are as follows:
 
Goalkeepers
Phephisani Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabane Swallows FC), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Mbabane Highlanders FC)
 
Defenders
Mlamuli Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sikhumbuzo Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes FC), Siboniso Mamba (Young
Buffaloes FC), Peter Dlamini (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Mcolisi Manana (Green Mamba FC), Kwakhe Tfwala (Young Buffaloes FC), Simanga Masangane (Vovovo FC)
 
Midfielders
Mzwandile Mabelesa (Royal Leopard FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopard FC), Khetho Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes FC), Neliso Dlamini (Manzini Wanderers FC), Philani Mkhontfo (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Leon Manyisa (Mbabane Swallows FC)
 
Strikers
Sabelo Ndzinisa (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Muzi Tsabedze (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Bongwa Matsebula (Young Buffaloes FC), Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Fanelo Mamba
(Young Buffaloes FC), Nhlanhla Ngwenya (Mbabane Swallows FC), Mthokozisi Gwebu (Manzini Sea Birds FC)

The Senior Men National Team Head Coach Dominic Kunene has described the Hollywoodbet COSAFA Cup 2022 draw as a tough one. He was reacting after the implementation of this draw at the Moses Mabida Stadium on Tuesday, 14th February 2022.

“It’s a tough draw considering that the teams know each other very well and also the fact that only one team will qualify for the next phase of the competition”, Kunene said. He made an example of Lesotho who have played against Eswatini on numerous occasions and the fact that they have a new coach also makes the players to put more effort in their game as they want to win the coach’s trust in them. “As an example, we have played against Lesotho on numerous occasions and also with a new coach in the national team set up, the players want to grab this opportunity to win his trust in them which will also make the players to even work harder in their game”, Kunene said.

Having said that, he also stated that the only secret for the national team to succeed in this competition is hard work. “The only secret for the national team to perform very well in this competition is hard work”. Kunene concluded.

In phase 1 of the competition, Eswatini is in Group B together with Lesotho, Malawi and Mauritius and the winner of both Group A and B will proceed to phase II of the competition and join Madagascar, Zambia, South Africa, Senegal, Namibia and Mozambique. This competition will be implemented in Durban, South Africa from the 5th -17th July 2022.

The Senior Men National Team’s Head Coach Domenic Kunene has named twenty-six (26) players for the camp in preparation of the upcoming TotalEnergies AFCON Qualifier matches between Togo and Burkina Faso to be played on the 3rd and 7th June 2022 respectively. The players are as follows:

 GOAL KEEPERS

Sandanezwe Mathabela (Mbabane Swallows FC), Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Phephisani Msibi (Royal Leopard FC)

 DEFENDERS

Mlamuli Msibi (Royal Leopard FC), Sikhumbuzo Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Machawe Dlamini (Royal Leopard FC), Lindo Mkhonta (Young Buffaloes FC), Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (Young Buffaloes FC), Siboniso Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Kwakhe Tfwala (Young Buffaloes FC),

Peter Dlamini (Mbabane Highlanders FC)

 MIDFIELDERS

Mzwandile Mabelesa (Royal Leopard FC), Sifiso Matse (Royal Leopard FC), Junior Magagula (Royal Leopard FC), Siboniso Ngwenya (Young Buffaloes FC), Khetho Mkhontfo (Green Mamba FC), Leon Manyisa (Mbabane Swallows FC), Philani Mkhontfo (Mbabane Highlanders FC)

Neliso Dlamini (Manzini Wanderers FC)

 STRIKERS

Sandile Gamedze (Young Buffaloes FC), Fanelo Mamba (Young Buffaloes FC), Muzi Tsabedze (Manzini Sea Birds FC), Sabelo Ndzinisa (Mbabane Highlanders FC), Justice Figareido (Cape Town All Stars FC), Bonginkosi Dlamini (G.D. Sagrada Esperanca FC)

Walter M. Schirra, Sr. once said “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes”. This is the spirit that Eswatini the Football Association (EFA) has demonstrated to the Eswatini Referees Association (ERA) as it sponsored the organisation with a uniform to be used by the referees as they execute their duties.

When presenting this uniform on behalf of the EFA, the organisation’s General Secretary (GS) Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu highlighted the significance of enhancing the image of refereeing in the country. “Image is very important in football, thus the significance of enhancing the image of referees in particular in the execution of elite competitions.”, Mngomezulu said. The EFA has made it a norm to sponsor the ERA with a uniform on a yearly basis as an input towards the development of football in the country.

In acknowledging this kind gesture by the EFA, the ERA’s Chairman Mr. Jabulani Motsa voiced out the association’s appreciation for being the recipients of this beautiful uniform. “As ERA we thank EFA for this uniform and also promise that we will keep it in good condition”, Motsa said.

The Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) head coach Dominic Kunene has described group B as a tough group. This is the group where Eswatini is scheduled to play against Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Togo in the TotalEnergies AFCON Group Qualifies 2023 that will commence in the next FIFA International Week.

Eswatini is scheduled to play against Togo on matchday 1 (away), Burkina Faso on match day 2 (home), Cape Verde on match day 3 (away), Cape Verde on match day 4 (home), Togo on match day 5 (home), and Burkina Faso on match day 6 (away).

“This is a tough group when you consider the history of the opponents”, Kunene said. All Eswatini opponents have competed in this competition’s previous finals.

As per CAF’s schedule, match day 1 and 2 will be implemented between the 30th May – 14th June 2022, match day 3 and 4 between 19th – 27th September 2022 and finally match day 5 and 6 between the 20th – 28th March 2023.

The first runner up of the eleven groups where the host (Cote d’Ivoire) is not playing will qualify for the finals of the competition. For the group of the host, since the host is automatically qualified despite its result; if the host is ranked first, the host will qualify in addition to the second of the group; if the host is ranked second, the host will qualify in addition to the first of the group; and if the host ranked third or fourth, the host will qualify in addition to the first of the group.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disclosed the dates for the implementation of the TotalEnergies AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Group Stages, TotalEnergies CHAN Algeria 2023 and the TotalEnergies Women AFCON Morocco 2022 Finals.

Sihlangu is one of the national teams that will know their opponents in the TotalEnergies AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Group Stages after eliminating Somalia in the preliminary stage of this competition. The draw for this competition will be executed on Tuesday, 19th April 2023 at 1730hrs GMT (1930 hrs local time).

Another CAF competition that involves the national team is the TotalEnergies CHAN Algeria 2023 whose draw will be conducted on Monday, 25th April 2022.

The draw for the TotalEnergies Women AFCON Morocco 2022 will be implemented on Thursday, 28th April 2022.

Fresh from assisting Sihlangu to qualify for the group stages of the TotalEnergies AFCON 2023 Qualifiers, Sandile ‘Saviola’Gamedze has won himself the Player of the Month Award for March in the MTN Premier League. The striker who was one of the goal scorers for the national in an away match against Somalia in Tanzania thanked the technical benches for both club and country together with his teammates at club and national team level for their support towards the growth of his game. “I would like to thank both the technical benches of Sihlangu and Young Buffaloes FC together with my teammates for both club and country for their support towards the growth of my game thus me winning this award”, Gamedze said. He has 37 caps for Sihlangu and has scored five goals. The striker also promised to work hard for both club and country as he wants to assist his team to win more silverware and also be part of the national team history by qualifying for the TotalEnergies AFCON Finals to be hosted by Ivory Coast in June/July 2023.

The immediate goal for the Senior Men’s National Team (Sihlangu) was to qualify for the group stages of the TotalEnergies 2023 AFCON Qualifiers. This goal was achieved after Sihlangu won both the home and away matches against Somalia in the preliminary round of the qualifiers.

On Wednesday, 23rd March 2022, the Eswatini won against Somalia by 3-0 in a match that was played in Tanzania. Sihlangu goals were scored by Bonginkosi Dlamini, Fanelo Mamba and Sandile Gamedze. Both national teams were in action again in four days’ time and this match was played at the Mbombela Stadium in South Africa. Sihlangu won by 2-1 and the national team scored by Sabelo Ndzinisa and Fanelo Mamba. Somalia scored through Sakariya Hassan. This made the aggregate score to be 5-1 in favour of Eswatini.

Sihlangu will know more about the future in the competition after the implementation of the TotalEfnergies 2023 Qualifier’s group stage draw by CAF in a date yet to be announced. A total of fourty-eight national teams will compete for a place in next year’s finals to be hosted by Ivory Coast in June/July 2023.

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