Eswatini hopeful of a return to play in 2020

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) is optimistic that all its national teams will be able to compete in competitions as the international bodies have already rolled out their plans.

“We will prepare the national teams accordingly for the international competitions as it is important that we compete [and are not there] just to participate,” said the General Secretary (GS) of the EFA, Frederick Mngomezulu.

He emphasised the commitment of the EFA in as far as the implementation of the international competitions are concerned which also includes the interclubs competitions, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Mngomezulu added the football association is in constant consultation with the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and other relevant stakeholders regarding this matter.

“Currently we are in constant consultation with the international football governing bodies, government and other relevant stakeholders regarding the national teams and clubs to compete in international competitions,” Mngomezulu said.

The EFA has already presented a football resumption strategy to government as it focuses on the preparations of the new football season.

The 2019-20 campaign was brought to a premature halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Young Buffaloes were named champions as they held an eight-point lead at the time, while no clubs were relegated.

Buffaloes will enter the Champions League in the new season, which is scheduled to kick-off in November, while the team to compete in the Confederation Cup has not yet been announced.