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Billen wants three friendly games for Sihlangu

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MBABANE - To underline his intentions of making Sihlangu a force to be reckoned with, new coach Valere Billen has demanded that the squad plays at least three international preparatory matches.

The Belgian coach, who has signed a year’s renewable contract with the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS), wants to utilise all of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) dates, scheduled between October, November and December.

The NFAS Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Frederick Mngomezulu confirmed yesterday that they are lining up three preparatory matches for the squad ahead of the CHAN clash against Angola in June next year in a two-legged match of home and away.

"The coach indicated to us that he wants the squad to be active during the FIFA dates starting from next month. We will also utilise the other FIFA dates in November and December as per the wishes of the coach by ensuring that the squad is kept busy playing against other countries," Mngomezulu said.

He declined to commit himself on the name of the countries expected to flex muscles against the locals.

"We must first see the coach’s programme and the names of the countries he wishes to play against before we can commit ourselves. He should be submitting his final programme after submitting only half of it to the FA anytime this week," he said.

The CEO also disclosed that the new-look Sihlangu squad expected to be announced anytime this week will start training next week.

"The coach had also indicated that his tentative team of about 25 players will start training as soon as Monday next week. We will wait for him to submit the list of the names of players then take it from there," he said.


Billen, has been able to watch a number of local games, especially during the PLS/Swazi Telecom Ultimate Home Cup tournament, which is currently on its final stage with the finals slated for the Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.

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