The much anticipated squad to represent Eswatini in the up coming All Africa Games to be held in Accra, Ghana has been officially announced.
The announcement was made officially on the 13th of February 2024 by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA), Mr. Maxwell Jele. Making the pronouncement before the CEO named the list was EOCGA President, Mr. Adam Mthethwa who put some clarity on the rigorous process that was undertaken before the squad was named. Also present was EOCGA board member and Games Commission member, Mr. Nhlanhla Maphanga.
The Games which are slated for 8 March to 23 March 2024 will see Eswatini taking a team of 21, from five sporting codes, namely; Athletics, Boxing, Karate-Do, Swimming, and Taekwondo. The team will be led by the Chief de Mission, Mr. Zakhele Zulu, General team manager, Zama Tsabedze and Nomvula Dlamini who will be the team physiotherapist.
From athletics we have the following athletes, seasoned sprinters in Sibusiso Matsenjwa and Bongiwe Mahlalela and their coach/ manager will be Thoba Mazibuko. Boxing will be represented by the duo of Thabiso Dlamini and Sibongiseni Shongwe and coached by Muzi Shongwe. Karate-Do will be appeared for by the pair of Melusi Dlamini and Lwazi Dlamini and their coach being Victor Gwebu. From the swimming federation we have one athlete in Simanga Dlamini who will be coached by Welcome Nhlabatsi. Taking the lions share is non other than Taekwondo who have, over the past year or two shown that they are certainly a force to be reckoned with.
A total of 6 athletes will compete for honors in Carlota Munave, Wandile Maziya, Saneliso Masuku and Sivunwesihle Dlamini. The remaining two in Mancoba Motsa and Sizwe Mabuza will be competing in what is a new challenge for the Africa Games in Poomsae. The latter will double up as an athlete and a coach for Poomsae.
The team is expected to have a pre-departure camp where they will given finer details pertaining the trip logistics, anti-doping matters to mention from the lot. The participation of team Eswatini has been made possible by the ever smooth relationship between EOCGA and Eswatini Sports and Recreation Council (ESRC). The cost of the trip to and fro Accra will cost up to E1.7 million-E1,100 000 from the ESRC and E600 000 from EOCGA.
Eswatini has sent a relatively fair number of athletes to these Games and we are optimistic of positive results and such games will go a long way in fine tunning the athletes as they are still gearing for qualifiers for the Olympics in Paris, in about five months time.