By Jongile Xuba | 2019-11-09
SOCCER - Sihlangu Semnikati head coach Kostadin PapiÄ‡ rallied his troops to go and record their first win in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 Qualifiers against Guinea Bissau next Wednesday.
PapiÄ‡ was speaking during the team’s official send-off at the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Technical Centre in Lobamba yesterday.
The Serbian mentor said it was time for the players to show the rest of the world what they were capable of ahead of their Group I opener. “We are a good team with a lot of talent and ability within our ranks. We have prepared well and did as much as we could in the time given and I expect the boys to go out there and push. It is time for us to get our first win and what better stage to do it than during the Guinea game,” he said.
The Serbian born coach did admit that the fixture would not be an easy one on them after travelling for three days but he promised that they would do their best in the match.
EFA President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa wished the team safe travels and added that they were happy with the team, encouraging them to continue improving.
“We are very proud of the recent commitment levels we have seen from the national team. The coach also told us that he has seen an improvement in the team and so we wish the team luck as you represent the country in Guinea,” he said. The team left yesterday afternoon for Johannesburg where they will take a flight to Doha, Qatar. From there they will connect with another flight to Morocco before finally landing in Guinea Bissau. EFA executive committee member Nigel Shongwe is the squad’s head of delegation for the crucial assignment.
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