Eswatini national football team

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Eswatini
Nickname(s)Sihlangu Semnikati (King's Shield)
AssociationEswatini Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachDominic Kunene
CaptainSiyabonga Mdluli
Most capsTony Tsabedze (71)
Top scorerFelix Badenhorst (15)
Home stadiumSomhlolo National Stadium
FIFA codeSWZ
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 147 Decrease 1 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest88 (April–May 2017)
Lowest190 (September–October 2012)
First international
United Kingdom Swaziland 2–0 Malawi 
(Swaziland; 1 May 1968)
Biggest win
 Djibouti 0–6 Swaziland 
(Djibouti; 9 October 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 10–0 Swaziland 
(Alexandria, Egypt; 22 March 2013)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances19 (first in 1997)
Best resultThird place
(2016, 2021)[2]
Semifinal
(1999, 2002, 2003)

The Eswatini national football team, nicknamed Sihlangu Semnikati (King's Shield),[4] represents Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, in international football and is controlled by the Eswatini Football Association. It has never qualified for the World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Swaziland's best performance in an international tournament is a semi-final finish in the COSAFA Cup.

On 8 June 2008 they achieved their first win in a World Cup qualifier since 1992, beating 2006 finalists Togo 2–1 on home soil. The team's best recent performance came in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification where Eswatini finished second in Group L above Guinea and Malawi.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of United Kingdom United Kingdom Part of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 1 5
France 1998 2 0 0 2 0 3
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 0 2 1 8
Germany 2006 2 0 1 1 1 4
South Africa 2010 4 1 1 2 2 8
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 2 8
Russia 2018 4 2 1 1 8 3
Qatar 2022 2 0 1 1 1 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 21 4 5 12 16 41

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Ethiopia 1968 Part of United Kingdom Part of United Kingdom
Sudan 1970 to Ethiopia 1976 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1978 Did not enter Did not enter
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984 Withdrew Withdrew
Egypt 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
Morocco 1988 Did not enter Did not enter
Algeria 1990 Did not qualify 4 0 3 1 3 5
Senegal 1992 5 1 2 2 4 9
Tunisia 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1996 Withdrew Withdrew
Burkina Faso 1998 Did not enter Did not enter
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 3
Mali 2002 2 1 0 1 3 5
Tunisia 2004 6 2 2 2 8 12
Egypt 2006 2 0 1 1 1 4
Ghana 2008 6 0 3 3 0 7
Angola 2010 4 1 1 2 2 8
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 6 0 0 6 2 14
South Africa 2013 Withdrew Withdrew
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Gabon 2017 6 2 2 2 6 9
Egypt 2019 6 0 1 5 2 14
Cameroon 2021 4 0 1 3 1 9
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total 0/23 57 7 18 32 36 109

COSAFA Cup[edit]

COSAFA Cup record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 First round 1 0 0 1 0 1
1998 Quarterfinal 1 0 0 1 0 1
1999 Semifinal 3 1 2 0 5 3
2000 Quarterfinal 1 0 0 1 0 2
2001 Quarterfinal 2 0 1 1 1 2
2002 Semifinal 3 2 0 1 5 5
2003 Semifinal 2 1 0 1 2 2
2004 Quarterfinal 1 0 0 1 0 5
2005 First round 1 0 0 1 0 3
2006 First round 2 1 0 1 2 1
2007 First round 2 1 1 0 1 0
South Africa 2008 First round 3 1 2 0 3 2
Zimbabwe 2009 First round 3 2 0 1 5 2
Zambia 2013 First round 3 0 1 2 0 4
South Africa 2015 First round 3 2 1 0 4 1
Namibia 2016 Third place 6 3 2 1 9 7
South Africa 2017 Quarterfinal 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Africa 2018 Quarterfinal 2 0 0 2 0 3
South Africa 2019 First round 2 0 2 0 4 4
South Africa 2020 Cancelled
South Africa 2021 Third place[2] 6 2 3 1 8 6
Total 0/20 49 16 15 18 50 57

Recent results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020[edit]

12 November 2021 AFCONQ Congo  2–0  Eswatini Brazzaville, Congo
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat
Referee: Joseph Odey Ogabor (Nigeria)
16 November 2021 AFCONQ Eswatini  0–0  Congo Manzini, Eswatini
14:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre
Referee: Hassan Mohamed Hagi (Somalia)

2021[edit]

26 March 2021 AFCONQ Eswatini  1–3  Guinea-Bissau Manzini, Eswatini
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre
Referee: Jean-Claude Ishimwe (Rwanda)
30 March 2021 AFCONQ Senegal  1–1  Eswatini Thiès, Senegal
16:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior
Referee: Sekou Ahmed Toure (Guinea)
6 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group A Eswatini  3–1  Lesotho Port Elizabeth, South Africa
17:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Abongile Tom (South Africa)
8 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group A South Africa  1–0  Eswatini Port Elizabeth, South Africa
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Wolfson Stadium
Referee: Wilson Julio Muianga (Mozambique)
10 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group A Zambia  0–1  Eswatini Port Elizabeth
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Wolfson Stadium
Referee: Abongile Tom (South Africa)
14 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group A Eswatini  1–1  Botswana Port Elizabeth, South Africa
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Wolfson Stadium
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
16 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Semi-final Senegal  2–2
(3–0 p)
 Eswatini Port Elizabeth, South Africa
14:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Osiase Koto (Lesotho)
Penalties

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ncamiso Dlamini (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 31) 2 0 Eswatini Royal Leopards
1GK Mathabela Sandanezwe (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 32) 19 0 Eswatini Mbabane Swallows
1GK Khanyakwezwe Shabalala (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Eswatini Mbabane Highlanders

2DF Siboniso Mamba (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 30) 19 2 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
2DF Lindo Mkhonta (1991-04-10) 10 April 1991 (age 30) 21 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
2DF Sihlangu Mkhwanazi (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 32) 2 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
2DF Mlamuli Msibi (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Eswatini Royal Leopards
2DF Sanele Tshawuka (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 31) 4 0 Eswatini Green Mamba

3MF Sandile Gamedze (1994-12-03) 3 December 1994 (age 26) 15 2 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
3MF Mzwandile Mabelesa (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 28) 5 0 Eswatini Royal Leopards
3MF Sifiso Matse (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 28) 16 1 Eswatini Royal Leopards
3MF Siboniso Ngwenya (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 27) 14 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
3MF Wandile Shabangu (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 29) 9 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
3MF Njabulo Thwala (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 31) 1 0 Eswatini Green Mamba

4FW Phiwayinkhosi Dlamini (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 31) 10 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
4FW Sidumo Dlamini Unknown 2 0 Eswatini Royal Leopards
4FW Fanelo Mamba (2001-10-29) 29 October 2001 (age 19) 13 1 Eswatini Young Buffaloes
4FW Sabelo Ndzinisa (1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 30) 36 7 Eswatini Mbabane Highlanders
4FW Nhlanhla Ngwenya 0 0 Eswatini Mbabane Swallows
4FW Muzi Tsabedze (1998-09-23) 23 September 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Eswatini Manzini Sea Birds

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up for Congo in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nhlanhla Gwebu (1986-11-11) 11 November 1986 (age 34) 30 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes v.  Congo, 16 November 2020

DF Sikhumbuzo Ntimane (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 32) 11 0 Eswatini Royal Leopards v.  Congo, 16 November 2020
DF Wandile Maseko (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 30) 5 0 Eswatini Young Buffaloes v.  Congo, 16 November 2020

MF Felix Badenhorst (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 32) 35 13 South Africa TS Galaxy v.  Congo, 16 November 2020
MF Sibonginkhosi Gamedze (1993-12-26) 26 December 1993 (age 27) 22 1 Eswatini Mbabane Highlanders v.  Congo, 16 November 2020

FW Bonginkosi Dlamini (1990-11-20) 20 November 1990 (age 30) 10 1 Eswatini Royal Leopards v.  Congo, 16 November 2020

Player records[edit]

As of 18 July 2021
Players in bold are still active with Eswatini.

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Mozambique vs. Eswatini - 18 July 2021 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. 18 July 2021. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  4. ^ zana-arts Archived 2006-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Provisional List of Players for the Senior Men's National Team". Eswatini Football Association. Retrieved 25 March 2021.