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MBABANE – DR Congo-bound Royal Leopard’s yoke has been lessened by the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS).

The security forces side left last night to honour a Champions League preliminary round second leg encounter against DR Congo soccer heavyweights, AS Vita Club on Sunday. And the FA has entrusted Hhohho Regional Football Association HRFA Chairman Comfort Shongwe as the head of the delegation.

During a farewell function at Sigwaca House yesterday, NFAS President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa said his office assisted Leopard to meet some of the costs for the trip.

It was reliably gathered the country’s football mother body paid for air-tickets costs that were estimated to be at E300 000. “From a share of the Sihlangu Project fee, we opted to assist the CAF teams because the players gain valuable experience for Sihlangu,” Mthethwa said.
Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister, David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala also threw government’s full weight behind the team, saying they were also ready to assist the teams, especially in the next round.

“We understand it costs an arm and leg to honour these games, but we’re happy that money that supports the national team is also channelled towards teams. We’ll continue to assist Sihlangu,” said the minister.

Meanwhile, Mthethwa urged Leopard not to give up, imploring them to maintain their cutting edge like in the CAF Confederations Cup in 2015.
The team’s delegation, made up of 16 players, was set to leave by road for Johannesburg around 7pm yesterday.


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