The Swaziland National Football Team, nicknamed Sihlangu Semnikati (King’s Shield) is a Southern African team which was founded in 1968. It has never qualified for any major foot balling competition which include the African cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup. The only tournament that they had participated in is the COSAFA Cup which is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa organised by the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) where they finished third twice in 1999 and 2002.
ABOUT THE HOME TURF
Swaziland entertains their guests in the Somhlolo National Stadium situated in Lobamba which is their traditional, spiritual and legislative capital of Swaziland. It is an artificial turf and holds a capacity of about 20,000 spectators.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR NOVEMBER 2015
The weather in Lobamba in November is pleasant with cool evenings, as temperatures are between 14 and 21 degrees celsius. There is a high possibility of rainfall during the month.
LAST FIVE MATCHES
(RESULTS) Swaziland 2-2 Angola ( African Nations Championship Qualifier) Angola 2-0 Swaziland ( African Nations Championship Qualifier) Swaziland 2-2 Malawi ( African Cup of Nations Qualifier) Djibouti 0-6 Swaziland ( FIFA World Cup Qualifier) Swaziland 2-1 Djibouti ( FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
Tony Tsabedze was born on the 29th of October 984 in Swaziland, popularly known as “TT” is a midfield mastero who can utilize any section of the midfield but is often used as a left-midfielder. He plays for Mbabane Swallows which is a local club in Swaziland. He started his career in 2002 where he played for his native club Mhlambanyatsi. He later moved in 2003 to South Africa and played for Silver Stars (2003-2004), Supersport United (2004-2008) and Maritzburg United (2009-2011). He then moved back home in 2011, where he currently plays for Mbabane Swallows Tony Tsabedze of Swaziland during the 2015 Cosafa Cup match between Lesotho and Swaziland at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on the 20 May 2015
Harris Bulunga is they current manager/coach of the Swaziland Football Team. He is 45 years old. He was took over as Caretaker coach in November 2013 and has been in charge ever since. Since 2015, he has coached 9 matches and has recorded 4 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. The biggest win of his career came against Guinea in June where defeated they West African nation by 2-1 in Casablanca which serves as a home venue to Guinea because of the Ebola epidemic.
SWAZILAND SQUAD TACTICS
They play a 4-4-2 formation against Djibouti and then changed to a 4-3-2-1 as the game went on. If they face a formidable opponent like Guinea who they met in their opening AFCON qualifier, they used a 5-4-1 which changed to a 5-2-2-1. So against the Eagles the latter tactic might be their preferred formation.
In games against Djibouti and against Guinea Swaziland used different approaches in both matches. They used a more cautious approach against Guinea where they sat back and hit the Guineans on the break. While against Djibouti they played with much freedom and precision and used their flanks to hurt them. So different tactics for different kinds of teams were used. In my opinion, it is crucial Nigeria make a positive start against Swaziland.
Whilst I believe Nigeria will have the majority of the possession, I think Swaziland will try to make the game difficult for the Eagles to penetrate their defence as seen against Guinea. It took the Guineans almost 67 minutes to score after going down 1-0 in the first half been restricted to long balls since the could not penetrate through the middle of Swaziland. Nigeria needs to hold more of the ball, control the midfield and most of all be patient because Swaziland will come into this match trying to disable the flow and morale of the team as they did against Guinea. But unlike Guinea, Nigeria has more experienced players who will destabilize the Swazi’s flank threats, hold more of the possession and also be very precise in front of goal.
Article by Nonso Joe Ude