Maswazi attacks administrators
LOBAMBA- Acting Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Maswazi Shongwe has attacked administrators who serve football for money.
In his address during the closing ceremony of the FIFA Member Associations Administration and Management Course at the Technical Centre in Lobamba yesterday, Shongwe challenged the participants to strive to improve the sport. The attendees of the course which started on Monday and conducted by FIFA instructor Mathew Haikali were from the various structures of the National Football Association of Swaziland that include coaches and referees.
"Each person in the team must have a specified role. He must not be just called a director but must do clearly specified duties," he said.
Shongwe told the regional chairmen who were part of the course to actively take a lead in developing local football and not to always look up to the local football mother body and the Sports ministry.
"The welfare of the players is very important and we expect to see an improvement after the course," he said. The outspoken administrator who officially closed the course also mobilised for more women to run football, saying they should not be deterred by their male counterparts who are more cordial to them. The participants were tau-ght on various areas of administration and management which included planning, statutes and financial management, to mention a few.
Also present during the event was Director of Sports Sipho Magagula.
Put knowledge into practice, ‘Bomber’ tells participants
LOBAMBA - National Football Association of Swaziland president Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa is convinced admini-strators will put the knowledge gained in the Member Association Administration and Management Course into practice.
Mthethwa felt the participants were enriched with information that would bring change in their day to day operations, saying football administration would change for the better.
"We hope the knowledge will be valuable in bringing positive change in the sport. We are grateful to the world soccer governing body, FIFA for the opportunity," he said.
Meanwhile the participants dubbed the course as an eye-opener, saying they gained valuable information that would help them improve their performance. Hhohho Regional Football Association treasurer Gcinumuzi Mavimbela, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, highlighted the need to be in constant communication with the people they serve.
"We are appealing for the course to be maintained so that football administration and management can improve. The areas covered were very important," he said.
Mavimbela’s words were echoed by the duo of Swaziland Football Coaches Association secretary Anthony Mdluli and his counterpart at Manzini Regional Football Association Pat Vilakati who advocated for all administrators to be inducted on the course before coming into office.
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