Football in Swaziland
Football is clearly the number one sport in Swaziland - it is played all around the country and is the main topic of discussion in coffee houses and on the street. The fifth African U-17 Championship was held in Swaziland in 2003, and was a resounding success. From a sporting point of view, the greatest success came in 2002, when the U-16 national team won the Dana Cup in Denmark. The senior national team also reached the semi-finals of the COSAFA (confederation of South African football associations) Cup in 2002 and gained eight points during qualifying for the 24th African Cup of Nations 2004 (Group 9 with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Botswana). Nine footballers from Swaziland currently play for clubs in South Africa. The most famous players are Sibusiso Dlamini (Kaizer Chiefs) and Dennis Masina (Supersport United).
The first Goal Project
On 3 March 2003, the new national association headquarters, financed by the Goal Programme, was opened in Mbabane. The government donated the land for the new headquarters. This modern building has excellent technical facilities, which will make planning a great deal easier. The building has many offices and meeting rooms, and the national association will find it easier to coordinate its various activities and introduce new development programmes in the future. Donations from FIFA's humanitarian funds have been used to launch a project in Swaziland aimed at preventing AIDS. The national association coordinates this project in conjunction with the Ministry for Health whose offices can also be found at the national association's headquarters. Announcements, flyers, T-shirts and other promotional material at the major tournaments taking place in the region draw peoples' attention to AIDS and how to prevent it.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Mbabane
Project approved
20 June 2002
Opened on 30 March 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Government USD 13 000 Total cost USD 413,000