Eswatini national football team

The Eswatini national football team, nicknamed Sihlangu Semnikati (King's Shield),[3] 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.

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 (68)
Top scorerFelix Badenhorst (13)
Home stadiumSomhlolo National Stadium
FIFA codeSWZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 153 Steady (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest88 (April–May 2017)
Lowest190 (September–October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 178 Decrease 4 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest117 (25 June 2016)
Lowest181 (2013)
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)

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 teams best recent performance came in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification where Eswatini finished second in Group L above Guinea and Malawi.

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Declined participation Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 1 5
  1998 2 0 0 2 0 3
    2002 2 0 0 2 1 8
  2006 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2010 4 1 1 2 2 8
  2014 2 0 0 2 2 8
  2018 4 2 1 1 8 3
  2022 2 0 1 1 1 2
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 21 4 5 12 16 41

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1968 Part of United Kingdom
  1970 to   1976 Not affiliated to CAF
  1978 Did not enter
  1980
  1982
  1984 Withdrew
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988 Did not enter
  1990 Did not qualify
  1992
  1994 Did not enter
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 Did not enter
    2000 to
    2012
Did not qualify
  2013 Withdrew
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total 0/32

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent resultsEdit

2019Edit

13 November 2019 (2019-11-13) 2021 AFCONQGuinea-Bissau  3–0  EswatiniBissau, Guinea-Bissau
16:00 UTC±0
Stadium: Estádio 24 de Setembro
17 November 2019 (2019-11-17) 2021 AFCONQEswatini  1–4  SenegalManzini, Eswatini
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. ^ zana-arts Archived 2006-09-25 at the Wayback Machine