Swaziland needs over US$28,589 for Leone Stars tie


By Sahr Morris Jnr.

According to Swazi Observer, the NFAS is expected to spend not less than US$28,589 for the game against Sierra Leone, to be played in May. The first leg match will be played at home on May 18 with the second game away on the weekend of May 31-June 1.

Tickets to send a 25-member squad to Sierra Leone will cost close to US$28,589. Information gathered from South African Airways, a ticket to Freetown (Sierra Leone) from Johannesburg (South Africa) costs around R10, 000.

It is also expected that the NFAS will also spend on paying match officials for the first-leg match and also accommodate the visitors for the first leg encounter.

NFAS Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Frederick Mngomezulu, said they submitted their budget to government a long time ago as they were aware that they would be playing in this tournament. He said they were ready for both the first and second leg matches.

“We have the average cost of travel in Africa and we are ready for the trip. For now we cannot say how much is going to be spent on their trip as the draw was conducted on Sunday,” he said.

Mngomezulu said they would be able to host the visiting team and also pay the match officials travelling cost and allowances.

Mngomezulu said there were a lot of things that still need to be confirmed, including where the match officials will come from and the number of people who will travel to Sierra Leone for the second-leg match.