Friday 18 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(APA 07/11/17)
As many as 28 coaches from the Premier League and national First Division League are undertaking a FIFA MA youth training course in Swaziland, APA learned on Tuesday. The topics for this course include “structuring a training session”, “the youth and fitness for young players”. Swaziland is the host country for the five-day course held at the Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC) Building in Ezulwini, where former South African Football Association (SAFA) technical director and former Bloemfontein Celtics mentor Serame Letsoaka is the instructor. Frederick Mngomezulu, CEO of the National Football Association of Swaziland, said the course was vital because the future of the beautiful game relied on the competence...
(APA 07/07/17)
Swaziland’s national soccer team, Sihlangu was ranked in position 132 in June, down from 90th position the previous month, according to the latest rankings released by FIFA on Thursday. The drop is said to be sharp as the national team was sitting at position 88 out of 206 just two months ago. National Football Association of Swaziland spokesperson Muzi Radebe attributed the decline to inactivity by the squad during the past few months. In Africa, Swaziland was ranked at position...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
A Swaziland footballer considered not good enough to play in South Africa scored four goals as Mbabane Swallows upset Platinum Stars 4-2 Tuesday in the CAF Confederation Cup. Swallows striker Sabelo Ndzinisa, rejected by Bloemfontein Celtic last year after trials, struck twice in each half and his club rose from last to first in Group B. He struck after only four minutes of the matchday two clash as Platinum appealed for offside and scored again two minutes later with a...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(APA 12/16/16)
Swaziland's Under-17 national team will on Friday face Zimbabwe's side in Region V Youth Games taking place in Angola. A win against the Zimbabweans will guarantee Swaziland a silver medal. The Swazi team is ranked third in the group stages after a 1-0 win against host Angola. In the group stages, Swaziland lost 2-3 and 0-1 to Zimbabwe and Zambia, respectively.
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(APA 11/08/16)
Swaziland’s topflight football club, Matsapha United, will be without their assistant coach Saul Chamunika after he was appointed assistant coach of the Zimbabwe national team, the Warriors ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, APA can report on Tuesday. Chaminuka reportedly left the country late on Monday to join the Warriors as they will be playing against Tanzania, and as such, Swaziland’s MTN National First Division League side are likely to be without him in January...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(APA 09/28/16)
Swaziland's national soccer team, the Sihlangu, will participate in the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) tournament to be hosted by South Africa in June 2017, APA learns here Wednesday. South Africa are also the 2016 champions after they won in Windhoek, Namibia where the Sihlangu also recorded history by making their best finish in third place. A South African sports magazine has revealed that South Africa will use two venues for the 12th COSAFA tournament in Moruleng and...
(Swazi Observer 09/21/16)
MBABANE Swallows proposed deal for Mike Mohammed has stalled because the Ghanaian striker is reportedly demanding E100 000 from the capital city giants ahead of his much awaited return to the team. Swallows have been locked in talks with the former Maritzburg United front man over a move to rejoin the ‘Birds’. The team remains interested in the striker but his demands could prove to be an impediment. Meanwhile, Mike started training with the team two weeks ago, as he...
(AfricaNews 09/19/16)
The agreement on African games signed in Cairo over the weekend between the African Union and the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa will be implemented after validation by the Africa Union commission. The two parties are expected to mobilise renowned African athletes and the best teams to help raise their level of performance. Sources say the African Union will continue to manage the African games while the Union of African Sports Confederations will take care of its technical...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/16)
French petroleum giant Total signed an eight-year deal to become the new sponsor of African football and its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday. The sponsorship of the tournament will start at its next edition in Gabon from Jan 14 to Feb 5, 2017. "This partnership is a major milestone in our ongoing search for additional resources to accelerate African football’s development, bring its governance up to date, upgrade its sports infrastructure and advance its performance globally,"...
(Xinhuanet 06/20/16)
Swaziland booked a slot in the 2016 Castle Cosafa Cup semifinals after defeating Zambia on penalties by 4-3 Sunday at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Namibian capital Windhoek. Swaziland won Group B on June 14 after drubbing Seychelles 4-0. On June 16, Swaziland followed up the first performance by defeating Madagascar 1-0. In another match played Sunday, the DRC overpowered Mozambique 1-0.
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Swazi Observer 04/13/16)
SOCCER - Match-fixing has reared its ugly head within the premier league of Swaziland as some teams have allegedly offered big money in exchange for points and goals. A team (name withheld) has alleged that it has been approached by several teams’ officials with big money offers for them to throw away a game or two. The approached team is safe on the log and losing its remaining games would not change anything. Match-fixing involves selling and buying of games...

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