Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Jongile Xuba

- Eswa­tini Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (EFA) Pres­i­dent Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa has en­cour­aged the Un­der-20 team to grasp the op­por­tu­nity they had been given and mar­ket them­selves.

The pres­i­dent said this when he bade the team farewell at the EFA Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre at Lobamba yes­ter­day. The team left the coun­try for the 2018 MOPANI Cop­per Mines COSAFA Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships to be held in Kitwe, Zam­bia.

“Firstly, let me start by con­grat­u­lat­ing you on mak­ing it to the team and I urge you to use this op­por­tu­nity to make a name for your­self. Sell your­selves to the world and im­prove your chances of mak­ing it into the se­nior na­tional team. We wish you all the best and safe travels on your jour­ney,” said the pres­i­dent.

The team’s head coach Du­misani ‘DU’ Makhanya said the team was more than ready to face the chal­lenges ahead af­ter thor­ough prepa­ra­tions.

“This week has been very good in terms of train­ing and com­mit­ment from the play­ers.

We have no in­juries in the team and are trav­el­ling with a fully fit squad,” said the coach.

He went on to say that their op­po­nents should not rule them out of the com­pe­ti­tion.


“Eswa­tini has lost its rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a foot­ball na­tion re­cently, but we prom­ise to change that. Any­thing can hap­pen in foot­ball and teams who un­der­es­ti­mate us will be in for a sur­prise,” said Makhanya. The team left by road for Jo­han­nes­burg where they will catch a flight to Nairobi, Kenya. They will then take a con­nect­ing flight to Ndola, Zam­bia, where they will catch an­other bus to Kitwe.

Eswa­tini play their first fix­ture on Mon­day when they face Nam­bia. Head of del­e­ga­tion for the team is Hho­hho Re­gional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (HRFA) Chair­man Nigel Shongwe.

Xuba) (Pics: Jongile

READY FOR AC­TION: Eswa­tini Un­der-20 na­tional team play­ers and EFA Pres­i­dent Adam 'Bomber' Mthethwa pose for a group photo af­ter the EFA had bid the team farewell at the Techi­cal Cen­tre in Lobamba yes­ter­day.

PAY­ING AT­TEN­TION: The play­ers lis­ten­ing to speeches dur­ing the farewell func­tion.

MAKE US PROUD: EFA Pres­i­dent Adam ' Bomber Mthethwa ad­dress­ing the play­ers be­fore they left for Zam­bia.

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