…well organised league will end AFCON, World Cup drought-Eto'o
- Castle Lager is planning on bringing legendary African footballer Samuel Eto'o to Swaziland this year.
The two-time AFCON winner was on Thursday named as the Castle Lager Africa Fives tournament Brand Ambassador at a lavish ceremony in Johannesburg. With Swaziland among the six countries that will partake in the five-a-side tournament, there are already plans to bring the legendary forward to the country according to Castle Lager Africa Brand Manager Thomas Lawrence.
"Look, we would like to bring Samuel to Swaziland. But obviously at this point it is still early to confirm anything but we definitely want him to go there with Swaziland among the countries that will partake in the Castle Lager Africa Fives. Obviously right now it is still early days because it will all depend on his schedule because he is still playing in Turkey but if everything works out well, he will come," he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Eto'o himself sounded
- African footballing great Samuel Eto'o has called on football authorities in Swaziland to organise the local league very well in order to end the country's long wait for an appearances in a major football international tournament.
Eto'o has won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) twice with Cameroon while also representing his country at the FIFA World Cup on six occasions. Swaziland meanwhile has never qualified for any of the two major international
excited at the prospect of coming to Swaziland when quizzed if he would be willing to visit.
"If you invite me, I will come. There are plans to visit some of the countries who will be participating in the Castle Lager Africa Fives so hopefully we can also come to Swaziland. I love travelling and I love Africa," he said.
The Castle Lager Africa Fives will begin on February 1 and end on May 31with the final set to be staged in Lusaka, tournaments.
Interviewed yesterday morning, the football star advised that the country would have to have a well organised and professional league as this would make advancing to these tournaments easier."Firstly, Swaziland should organise the local league very well. This is very important as it will provide a good base. Secondly they need to have good managers running football, with longterm visions. After that, everything will be possible,” he said. Zambia.The winners of the tournament will win an all expenses paid trip to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Russia and will travel there together with Eto'o. The tournament is open to all amateur footballers. To participate, a player will need to buy a promotional six pack Castle Lager at a participating outlet and then register a team of six players. Eto'o, now 36, has played for European giants FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea during in his illustrious career.
Asked to advise local players on how to make it abroad, the Cameroonian born star urged them to dominate in the domestic league first before they can think of moving abroad.
He said players should strive to be best in the country before thinking of moving abroad.
"The players first need to dominate the Swazi league. Then they can move to another country. It is important not to make bad choices like going to Europe when you are not prepared.
Neigbours South Africa will host the 2018 Zone VI Club championships at the coastal city of Durban in December.
Information gathered is that South Africa has been handed the hosting rights of the regional club championships by the organising committee.
The developments will come as good news for the country as local teams are likely to attend the 2018 installment after last year’s representatives Correctional and RSP pulled out of the tournament at the eleventh hour due to financial constraints.
The two sides eventually opted to take part in the unfancied Ulundi Cup after failing to collectively raise the E60 000 needed to take part in
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