Swazis want to score

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Swaziland government has established a high-powered structure to deal with preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

Adam "Bomber" Mthethwa has been appointed convenor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Technical Committee of Swaziland.

The internationally renowned Mthethwa is president of the National Football Association of Swaziland.

He also sits on the Mpumalanga technical committee of the World Cup.

"The technical committee falls directly under the government, its responsibility is to deal with all matters relating to the 2010 World Cup," said Mthethwa.

"It is made up of senior government officials and leaders of the various sports federations in Swaziland, like the sports council and Olympic Committee.

"The committee meets twice a month, we also have to report to the cabinet sub-committee on all the developments.

"The main objective is to coordinate the possibilities of exploring economic spin-offs from the World Cup taking place in South Africa.

"We also have a lot to gain as Swaziland by virtue of being the neighbours of South Africa and cannot afford to let such a golden opportunity slip by.

"It is common knowledge that when tourists come to South Africa, some of them will also visit neighbouring countries like Swaziland.

"That is why we have started preparing ourselves for the competition. Some will be coming here via Durban, Nelspruit and other places closer to us, " said Mthethwa, who is also the deputy president of Cosafa.

Mthethwa said they were planning to upgrade their facilities with the hope of luring some of the 2010 World Cup participating countries to train there.