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SITSEBE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF COSAFA CHAMPS OPENER

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MBABANE – Sitsebe’s confidence levels are sky high as they begin their campaign in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.


Mduduzi ‘Sikhalo’ Nxumalo’s charges, who are in Group B, are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) tournament. They face Mauritius in the opener today at 10:30am. 


After several years in the ‘wilderness’, the national women’s soccer  team are back in the spotlight in pursuit of a historic qualification to the knockout stages.  They have never gone beyond the first hurdle and a 3-0 win over Botswana back in 2002 is their only notable achievement in the regional showpiece.


However, Swaziland will be relieved to face a side that is not among the powerhouses in the region. Mauritius played their first official match in 2012.
They will be making their debut in the COSAFA Women’s Championship after missing all four previous editions in 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2011.


Seasoned campaigners like Celiwe ‘Cece’ Nkambule, and goal-poacher, Nqobile Dlamini, will be in the spotlight as they are expected to bring their ‘A game’ to steer the side to success. They shone in practice matches against Lesotho and Namibia.
Coach, Mduduzi ‘Sikhalo’ Nxumalo, said the girls were raring to go ahead of the opener.


“The mood in camp is good and the players are looking forward to the game,” said Nxumalo.
There are 12 teams in the tournament and have been drawn into three pools of four teams, with the group winners and the best-placed runners-up advancing to the semi-finals.

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