Eswa­tini one of few coun­tries with ac­tive women’s league - Bomber

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Jongile Xuba

–Eswa­tini Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa has de­scribed the coun­try as one of the few coun­tries with an ac­tive women’s league.

He said this dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the FIFA Women’s Foot­ball Coach­ing course that was held at EFA Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Lobamba. Dur­ing his re­marks, the pres­i­dent re­vealed that there were few if any coun­tries within the African con­ti­nent that have a full time league.

“We are com­mit­ted to women’s foot­ball in Eswa­tini,” said the foot­ball chief.

He added that the as­so­ci­a­tion was in­de­pen­dently run and was a sub-set of the EFA.

“The women league is in­de­pen­dent in that it has its own board that runs the or­gan­i­sa­tion. They are only af­fil­i­ated to the EFA like other foot­ball bod­ies within the coun­try,” said the pres­i­dent.

Mthethwa ap­plauded all the par­tic­i­pants of the women’s foot­ball train­ing course, en­cour­ag­ing them to take ad­van­tage of the women’s league to learn more.

“We hope as the EFA that you will use all the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge you gained here to im­prove the women league. This is a great way to learn the ropes as you grow within the coach­ing pro­fes­sion,” he added.

Mean­while, FIFA in­struc­tor Jacqueline

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Shipanga said she was im­pressed with the at­ten­dees, giv­ing rav­ing re­marks on their per­for­mance. “Mr Pres­i­dent I can as­sure you that the fu­ture of women foot­ball is safe in the hands of this group. They all passed with fly­ing colours and were ea­ger to learn,” said Shipanga.

She ap­plauded EFA for be­ing brave in its cam­paign to im­prove women foot­ball.

“There are few coun­tries like the pres­i­dent said with a com­pet­i­tive women’s league. I like to thank and ap­plaud your as­so­ci­a­tion for en­sur­ing that the sport im­proves,” said the in­struc­tor. There were 23 par­tic­i­pants that took part in the week long course. Eight of the par­tic­i­pants were women who in­cluded Sit­sebe SaMh­lekazi head coach Fisiwe Hlophe.

NOTED: Eswa­tini Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa.

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