The Sihlangu’s Midfielder, Fanelo ‘Order’ Mamba has highlighted that the Zambia match is very much important for Sihlangu. “This game is very much important to us. We have to handle it in a right way”, Mamba said. He made his remarks during training session at the Mavuso Sports Centre, preparing for first leg to be played against Zambia on Sunday, 22nd September 2019. He also stated that it’s a good advantage to win at home and playing for the National team helps them to gain experience and international exposure.
Over and above, his words were echoed by Sandile Gamedze who stated that preparations are very high in the camp and they have to stick on the game plan as the upcoming match is very important to them and they have to win. “We have to stick on the game plan. We are looking for a win on Sunday”, Gamedze said.
The FIFA MA Refereeing Instructors course was officially opened by the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa on Monday, 16th September 2019 at Thokoza Church Centre. Other dignitaries present during this event were the FIFA Instructor; Mr. Carlos Henriques from the Republic of South Africa and EFA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu to mention but just a few. There are thirty (30) participants for this course.
When addressing the audience the EFA’S President welcomed the instructor and wished him a good stay in the country. On behalf of the football association and football family; he also acknowledged FIFA for empowering referees and expressed appreciation to all participants for their commitment in developing referees in the country. He highlighted that they can’t only focus on developing players but they need referees as well to conduct the matches. “We want to see the development of the sport in all areas. We expect the instructors to add refereeing talent and develop it to a level of having top referees in the country”, Mthethwa said.
Moreover, the instructor Mr. Carlos Henriques acknowledged FIFA for assigning him to facilitate this course. “I am very much honoured and privileged to be the facilitator of this course. I am looking forward to work with the referees”, Henriques said. He highlighted that in this course they are going to work hard and ensure that they add refereeing talent.
This course will end on Friday 20th September 2019.
“We had so many chances to score goals and win the 2022 World Cup Qualifier match against Djibouti”, said the Minister of Tinkhundla, Administration and Regional Development David Ngcamphalala. He made his remarks when interviewed after the match at the Mavuso Sports Centre. He was speaking on behalf of Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth affairs Harris Bulunga, who is in Madagascar. Ngcamphalala stated that the team played well but failed to score the needed goals. "We hope the team will do their level best in the next coming game against Zambia in the CHAN tournament," he said. He further highlighted that the coach and the players did everything on the day and they were just unlucky not to win the match. “There is no one to blame here. I just think it was not our day”, he added.
Over and above, the Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) CEO Frederick Mngomezulu highlighted that the team played very well but they failed to score goals despite the numerous opportunities they created. He further stated that the team still have two more competitions where they could redeem themselves. "We still have a chance to qualify for the CHAN finals. It’s not easy but we hope we will do better in the remaining tournaments”, Mngomezulu said.
The Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach, Kostadin Papic has shared his feelings about Sihlangu’s elimination in the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar. “It is extremely painful that we were eliminated in the 2022 FIFA World cup. My heart is bleeding and I’m in tears”, Papic said. He made his remarks during post-match press conference after the match against Djibouti at the Mavuso Sports Centre. He stated that they had a chance to come into group stages but they failed.
Papic also highlighted that players created so many chances to score goals and win the match but they failed. He further stated that the ambition of players is not coming true as they were working hard to qualify to the group stages of the world cup and he is working on the progress of the players. “Playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers was good for the team as they got experience and international exposure”, he said.
The Senior Men’s National Team Head coach, Kostadin Papic has added six (6) more players to the on-going training camp in preparations of the second leg match against Djibouti in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Match. Sihlangu is fresh from a shocking defeat against Djibouti by 2-1 in a match that was played on Wednesday, 4th September 2019. The added players are; Mlamuli Msibi, Sibonginkhosi Dlamini, Sabelo Gamedze, Peter Dlamini, Phinda Dlamini and Leon Manyisa. Sihlangu will face the same opponents in a must- win match on Tuesday, 10th September 2019 at the Mavuso Sports Centre and kick-off is at 1500hrs.
The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) is offering an interesting advertising platform for organizations to communicate to their target audience during international matches. This advertising space is in a form of parameter boards which are at the perimeters of the football pitch. Each parameter board is a 6 metre by 1 metre and it cost E3 000.00 and two of them cost E5 000.00.
The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’S) President Mr. Adam Mthethwa has highlighted that as a country we have to keep on dreaming that one day we will be counted as one of the best country in football. “If you have no dreams, you have no future. We are 180 minutes away to qualify for CHAN for the first time’, Mthethwa said. In that case, the national team has the pressure of coming out with good results.
Moreover, he stated that as football association and football family at large, they have full confidence in the players of the national team together with their coach that they will perform in satisfaction of the nation and come out with good results after the match against Djibouti. “We have full confidence in you coach and players that you will perform at your best level and win this round’, he said. He also highlighted that positive results helps market the country in Africa and the national team serves the country in the outside world.
“We will fight like never before in the match against Djibouti. We have potential and we have quality players”, Sihlangu Head Coach, Kostadin Papic said during a farewell function for the senior men’s national team to Djibouti on Sunday, 1st August 2019 at the Technical Centre. He also stated that this is the first step and the most important step for them to bring the country to the group stage of the World Cup.
Papic also promised the nation that players are going to fight and win this match. He also highlighted that players are mentally and physically ready for the match “Players are mentally and physically ready for this match. We are going to fight and win against Djibouti”, he added. This showed that the training was very productive and the coach has faith in his players.
The Sihlangu SeMnikati’s Captain, Banele Dlamini has highlighted that the spirit is high in camp as the players are confident ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Djibouti at the Stade Gouled on Wednesday, 4th September 2019. Kick-off for this international match is 1800 hrs (Djibouti time) which is 1700 hrs (Eswatini time). “On paper they may be underdogs in this match, but football is dynamic of which anything is possible but we want to win this match”, Dlamini said.
The Sihlangu skipper’s words were echoed by Machawe Dlamini who stated that they are ready for the match in Djibouti. He highlighted that they will go to Djibouti to fight for a win. “We may have defeated them before but football is evolving. We will go to Djibouti to fight for a win”, he said. Over and above, he stated that the pressure will be there as fans expect them to win this match easier considering the previous score when they played against them and won 6-0 away from home.
“We are expecting to win in Djibouti but football is improving and we have to be careful”, Sihlangu Head Coach, Kostadin Papic said during an interview before yesterday’s national team’s training session at the Somhlolo National Stadium. He also highlighted that the upcoming match is very much important to them as they want to be in the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “The players need to work hard in order to win the match”, he said.
Papic also stated that its advantage out to start playing away and they will try to finish the job in Djibouti. When asked about the availability of the international players, the Serbian born Coach stated that there is a possibility of having one of them as they are still with their football clubs and unfortunately they will be having club commitments on the day that the national team will be leaving the country, which makes their travelling logistics to be a challenge. The National team is leaving on Sunday, 31st August 2019 and they are expected to be back on Saturday, 7th September 2019 for the home match. “The travelling logistics are a disadvantage but there is nothing we can do”, he concluded.