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MBABANE - Football fans watched in disbelief, as both Manzini Wanderers coaches had to watch the second half of their match against Nsingizini Hotspurs from the stands.

Fans wondered why the coaches were seen on stands, especially in the second half when  in first stanza they were both on the technical bench. This was during Saturday’s MTN Premier League clash which was played at Mavuso Sports Centre. The match in which the co-coaches Terisayi Changara and Mpendulo Mawelela endured the uncomfortable situation saw Wanderers playing to a 2-all draw against Nsingizini. Reached for comment, Wanderers Chairperson Berger Nxumalo explained the situation regarding the matter. “It appeared that both coaches had not registered with the Eswatini Coaches Football Association (EFCA). They had submitted their papers late and they had to be excused upon discovering that they had not entirely done the paperwork to be eligible to sit on the bench,” said Nxumalo.

Meanwhile, EFCA Secretary Musa Mamba explained that for coaches to be eligible to be on the bench, they  needed to meet all the requirements. He said these requirements included; being a member of coaches association, having CAF A or local Coaching Course Diploma and also possess a licence to work. Coaches must also have contract with a team and if not liSwati they must have a working permit.


“Without one of these requirements a coach is not eligible to sit on the technical bench. As an association when you don’t comply or qualify we will take that as a misconduct and we will have to do what is right until all coaches comply,” said Mamba. He said in the scenario of the two coaches, they were found to be missing one of the highlighted requirements and they had to be asked to watch the second half from the stands. On a parting note, Mamba appealed to coaches to ensure that they complied and respected the profession of coaching in Eswatini.

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