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NFAS to take full responsibility of ripped turf
By NTOKOZO MAGONGO - TIMES OF SWAZILAND-23-Jun-2009
PIGG’S PEAK – The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) will take full responsibility for repairing the ripped off Somhlolo Stadium’s artificial turf.
The NFAS will spend about E200 000 to patch the torn turf. The artificial turf was installed by the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) two years ago.
FIFA Development Officer Ashford Mamelodi said it was disappointing that such a huge investment was torn apart by local teams who are the main beneficiaries from the turf.
“More than US$700 000 was pumped in during the turf installation. What happened at Somhlolo was bad and we are confident that it won’t happen next time. We are expecting that turf to last for more than 12 years and now it is less than three years old, but is already damaged,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sihlangu coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba said it would be good to play against Malawi as they are a strong side. He said they need more practise games, especially away games in preparation of the coming games. “We need more practises. We are confident that these games would help us come up with a strong team,” he said.
Malawi was beaten 2-1 by Guinea in the 2010 World Cup African Qualifiers on Sunday night. They are perched at the bottom of the log, with no point. They are in a group that comprises of Ivory Coast who are leaders with nine points, Burkina Faso perched second with six points and they are behind Guinea with three points.
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