The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harris Bulunga has congratulated the eEFA President Peter Simelane for winning the recently implemented EFA Presidential elections that were held on the 27th June 2021. “Firstly, we congratulate President Simelane for winning the EFA elections”, Bulunga said. The Honourable Minister also assured the Ministry’s support towards the development of football in the country. “We have assured him that we will continue to support the EFA as we work towards developing football and all sport in the Kingdom and we hope that all stakeholders within football will do the same", Bulunga said.
The Honourable Minister also expressed the ministry’s delight on the performance of the Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) during the COSAFA Cup 2021 that was held in Gqeberha. “We also congratulated the President on the recent good performance of Sihlangu and expressed our desire to see this being used as a stepping stone for sustained progress across all football national teams”, Bulunga said.
EFA President Mr. Peter Simelane who was in the company of the football association’s General Secretary Mr. Frederick Mngomezulu expressed their delight of meeting the Ministry. “We are happy to have met the Ministry and to have had fruitful discussions and shared good ideas”, Simelane said. He also assured the Honourable Minister that EFA will always be ready to receive the Ministry’s guidance and direction. “We stand ready to always receive the Ministry’s guidance and direction and we look forward to continued, regular engagements as we continue to work together to develop football in the country”, Simelane said.
The Eswatini Football Association’s Ethics Committee though its Chairperson Senior Magistrate Siphosini Dlamini has unveiled the list of nominees for elections of the Lubombo Regional Football Association (LRFA) scheduled for the 8th August 2021. This is after the committee has implemented the eligibility checks for the candidates as per Article 7 and 8 of the Electoral Code of 2021. These nominees are not allowed to do any campaigns and/or any form of campaigns as they are strictly prohibited. The nominees are as follows:
Nichodemus Mashwama, Sifiso Shabalala, Richard Shongwe
Lucky Dlamini, Louis Munro, Phumzile Dlamini, Zwelithini Ndzimandze, Sifiso Dlamini, Patrick Mkhatshwa, Thokozani Bhembe, Sikhumbuzo Nlkambule, Simo Sikhondze,Solomon M,abila, Dumezweni Dlamini
The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA’s) Ethics Committee has officially announced the nominees for the positions of the Eswatini Referees Association (ERA) and the Swaziland Football Coaches Association (SFCA). The nominees are as follows:
1. ESWATINI REFEREES ASSOCIATION
Jabulani Motsa, Sabelo M. Kunene, Simanga P. Nhleko, Bhekisizwe I. Mkhabela
Mbong’seni E. Fakudze,Bongizwe K. Mkhatshwa
Mbongeni V. Shongwe, Mandla I. Gama
Mandla I. Gama, Banele V. Nhlengethwa, Thembisile P. Mathonsi, Lungile P. Nxumalo, Jabulani Motsa
Mandla I. Gama, Enock S. Silenge, Phinda M. Dlamini
Thembisile P. Mathonsi, Lucky M. Ndlangamandla, Thulani D. Nknyane, Phinda M. Ndzimandze, Celumusa S. Malinga, Lybnar S. Sibiya
2. SWAZILAND FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION
Mphumelelo P. Ngwenya, Raymond B. Dlamini
Emmanuel M. Mamba
Thembela P. Dlamini, Vusisizwe Mahlalela
Dominic K. Kunene
Vusisizwe Mahlalela, James M. Kunene, Mfanasibili Khumalo, Mphumelelo P. Ngwenya
Any form of campaigns for all positions is strictly prohibited, whether those acts are done directly by the nominees or indirectly by their purported agents. The elections for the SFCA are scheduled for the 31st July 2021 at Sigwaca House whilst those for the ERA are scheduled for the 1st August 2021 at a venue still to be announced.
The Eswatini Men National Team (Sihlangu) is very much cautious ahead of the semi-final match against Senegal to be played on Friday, 15th July 2021 at the Nelson Mandela Bay in Gqeberha and kick-off is at 1400hrs (2:00 p.m.). This is an important match in the history of the national team as a win will guarantee Sihlangu a place in the final for the first time in this competition. Sihlangu Head Coach, Dominic Kunene has given this fixture the special attention that it deserves as he views it to be a difficult one. “This will be a difficult match and we will plan for it accordingly as the technical team of the national team”, Kunene said.
Sihlangu skipper, Lindo Mkhonta highlighted that they will take each match as this come and the players are positive about booking a place in the finals. “We will take each match as it comes and the lads are positive about booking a place in the finals”, Mkhonta said. His words were echoed by Sihlangu’s marksman, Sabelo ‘Sikhali”Ndzinisa who believe that the national team has a chance of qualifying for the final of this competition. “We have a chance of winning the match against Senegal”, Ndzinisa said.
They came to this competition as underdogs, but the Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) has rose to the occasion by qualifying to the semi-finals of the COSAFA Cup 2021 that is taking place in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Eswatini finished on the second position in group A with 7 points behind the host nation who has 10 points.
It was the 19th minute goal by Sihlangu’s marksman Sabelo ‘Sikhali’Ndzinisa that guaranteed Eswatini a place in the semi-finals of this competition. The Eswatini goal scorer was also the man of the match of this highly intensive match as the Zebras of Botswana were fighting for a win in order to book a place in the semi-finals however, the game ended in a 1 all draw after Thatayaone Kgamanyane equalized in the 65th minute. The Dominic Kunene led Sihlangu will play against Senegal on Friday for a place in the final to be played on Sunday.
American golfer Tiger Woods once said “Winning solves everything”. This are the exact words that are in the minds of the Eswatini Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) players ahead of their final group A match against Botswana Senior Men National Team (Zebras) to be played on Wednesday, 14th July 2021 (tomorrow) in the COSAFA Cup 2021 that is currently held at Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Kick-off is at 1500hrs (3:00 p.m.). It is a must win match for the Zebras to guarantee their qualification to the semi-finals whilst a draw for Sihlangu is enough to achieve the same.
The Eswatini lads are aiming high in as far as this fixture is concerned. “We want to win this matchas it is very important for us to qualify to the semi-finals of this competition”, said Sihlangu captain Lindo Mkhonta. The skipper also acknowledged the prayers and support that they get from EmaSwati back home. “We acknowledge the prayers and support that we get from EmaSwati back home”, said Mkhonta.
“We will miss both players”, lamented Dominic Kunene the Eswatini Senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) Head Coach as both Fanelo ‘Order’Mamba and Mzwandile Mabelesa will be out of the next match against Botswana due to the yellow card rule of the COSAFA CUP 2021 competition. Eswatini will play against Botswana in a must win match to guarantee a semi-final slot in this competition that is taking place in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
However, thenational team Head Coach is confident enough that he have quality players in his squad that can win the match against the Zebras as the Botswana Senior Men National Team is affectionately known. “We have quality players who will have an opportunity to win the match”, Kunene said. On a positive note, Felix Badenhorst who have 39 caps and the current all-time goal scorer of the COSAFA Cup will be available for selection after serving his suspension during the victorious match for Sihlangu against Zambia. “The players who did a wonderful job against Zambia are also competitive of which Felix has to work very hard in training to reclaim his position in the starting line-up”, Kunene said.
The senior Men National Team (Sihlangu) winger Fanelo ‘Order’ Mamba is issuing orders to the opponents in the COSAFA Cup 2021 that is currently held in Gqeberha in South Africa. The pint size Eswatini international is terrorising defenders in the competition thus winning the man of the match awards for the matches against Lesotho and Zambia respectively. He is not shy to take on opponents and creating scoring opportunities and assisting in defence.
The former U20 international has scored one goal in the competition. “These awards mean a lot to me and I must give credit to the technical team, my teammates and the support from the fans back home for these achievements. The business is not yet finished, as we have to work extra hard as a team in order to achieve the desired results. As an individual, these awards have also come with some pressure as they have increased the level of expectation from a lot of people for me to deliver in every game that I will play in the competition.” Mamba said.
They are coming thick and fast. After Sihlangu’s victorious result against Lesotho, it’s matchday yet again this afternoon at the Wolfson Stadium against South Africa who is the host of the COSAFA Cup 2021 in Port Elizabeth. Sihlangu and Bafana Bafana will be looking for their second win in the competition after Eswatini won against Lesotho by 3-1 whilst South Africa won against Botswana by 1-0. A win will guarantee one national team the summit position in Group A of the competition.
“The players are fine and looking forward to the match against South Africa”, said Sihlangu Head Coach Dominic Kunene. His words were echoed by Sihlangu striker, Sabelo Ndzinisa stated that they are geared up for this match even though it is a tough fixture. “It will be a tough match however we will manage them”, Ndzinisa said. Kick off for this match is at 1500 hrs and it will be broadcasted live on COSAFA TV and SuperSport PSL Channel.