NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of ESWATINI
President Adam Mthethwa
P.O. Box 641
Affiliated to FIFA 1976
Affiliated to CAF 1976
eSwatini have been a thorn in the side of many a top team down the years but results have been disappointing in recent campaigns.
ESWATINI COSAFA CASTLE CUP HISTORY
eSwatini have reached the semifinals of the COSAFA Castle Cup on four occasions, proving their potential for upset results.
In 2003 Sihlangu reached the last four but then lost to eventual winners Zimbabwe. In 2002 they were beaten in the semifinals by South Africa, who also went on to win the competition, and in 1999 they were also semifinalists but were narrowly defeat by Namibia on post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw.
They also made the Last 4 in 2016, but were beaten 5-1 by South Africa, who went on to lift the trophy, while eSwatini beat DR Congo 1-0 tio finish third.
Ironically before 1999, they had never won a game in the competition but are now always considered a threat in the COSAFA Castle Cup.
In 2004 eSwatini reached a competition low when they lost their quarter-final tie at home to Zimbabwe by a then competition record score line of 5-0. The match was not completed after a crowd riot brought the game to a premature halt. In 2003, eSwatini played host to the African Under-17 Championships.
They have managed to make it past the group stages just once in the last six COSAFA Castle Cup tournaments, but have lost just four of their previous 21 matches, too many draws costing them a place in the knockout stages.
In 2016 they topped a pool that also included Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Seychelles, then defeated Zambia on penalties in the quarterfinals.
COSAFA CASTLE CUP RESULT RECORD
|09-5-99||Somhlolo||MOZAMBIQUE||3-1||Nkambule 2 (1 pen), Masina|
|21-4-02||Somhlolo||NAMIBIA||2-1||M Dlamini 2 (1 pen)|
|5-5-02||Harare||ZIMBABWE||2-0||Siza Dlamini, Sibusiso Dlamini|
|24-9-02||Polokwane||SOUTH AFRICA||1-4||Siza Dlamini|
|13-7-03||Somhlolo||MADAGASCAR||2-0||Siza Dlamini, M Dlamini|
|18-10-09||Bulawayo||SEYCHELLES||2-1||Twala, Mfanzile Dlamini|
|22-10-09||Bulawayo||COMOROS||3-0||Twala, Mthethwa, Mfanzile Dlamini|
|13-6-16||Windhoek||SEYCHELLES||4-0||Badenhorst 2, Ndlovu, Nhleko|