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BY MENZI DLAMINI - SWAZI TIMES-19-Sep-2009

MBABANE– Adidas slogan ‘Impossible is Nothing’...seems to have a different meaning altogether for Swaziland and the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) in particular, as the Swazi News Sports Desk can exclusively reveal.

The giant sportswear manufacture seems to have done the ‘Impossible’, sending a batch of Sihlangu merchandise to their shop in Taiwan without the knowledge of the local Football Association (FA). The batch, which was part of the donation by CAF through the Adidas sponsorship to different countries in the African continent, is now being sold in Taiwan complete with the NFAS logo and national team colours. The giant sportswear manufacture seems to have done the ‘Impossible’, sending a batch of Sihlangu merchandise to their shop in Taiwan without the knowledge of the local Football Association (FA). The batch, which was part of the donation by CAF through the Adidas sponsorship to different countries in the African continent, is now being sold in Taiwan complete with the NFAS logo and national team colours. The (FA) is losing thousands of Emalangeni, while Adidas is raking in big money through the sale of Sihlangu merchandise, which include a track-suit valued at NT$2100(approximately E500). Interestingly, locals have no access to the Sihlangu replicas as none are sold in Swaziland. According to information confirmed by former National Supporters Committee chairperson Nkosilenhle Masuku, who is studying in Taiwan, the shops which sell only Adidas brands are situated in the heart of Taiwan and also in Taipei. “They have kits of all national teams that use the Adidas brand, but the Sihlangu one is displayed on the window,” he said. Masuku said the merchandise had the FA logo and also an embroider abbreviation of the association. However, the sweater has the name Sihlangu across the chest, even though it has been mispelled as ‘Shilangu’. “Yes I saw the merchandise, and I have actually bought the track suit. It is very nice I must say,” he said. A source within the FA executive sounded so shocked that there was such a merchandise that was sold in the Republic of China in Taiwan. The source said in as far as he was aware Sihlangu was dressed by Adidas in a deal that was clinched by Confederation of African Football (CAF) under the Win with Africa in Africa Goal project. “We only know that they were to dress Sihlangu, but we were never made aware of merchandise that is being sold without our knowledge,” said the source. The source said it would be an anomaly for any merchandise to be sold in another country without hitting the local market. “This is very strange. We will need to investigate the matter at board level to find out what happened,” said the source. FA President Bomber Mthethwa sounded shocked on the matter when asked to comment. Mthethwa then referred all questions to his Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu. “I think as the man who was at the front of this Adidas deal would probably give you a clear answer if he has one. Otherwise I don’t want to have the right hand saying this and the left hand saying something else,” he said. The giant sportswear manufacture seems to have done the ‘Impossible’, sending a batch of Sihlangu merchandise to their shop in Taiwan without the knowledge of the local Football Association (FA). The batch, which was part of the donation by CAF through the Adidas sponsorship to different countries in the African continent, is now being sold in Taiwan complete with the NFAS logo and national team colours. The (FA) is losing thousands of Emalangeni, while Adidas is raking in big money through the sale of Sihlangu merchandise, which include a track-suit valued at NT$2100(approximately E500). Interestingly, locals have no access to the Sihlangu replicas as none are sold in Swaziland. According to information confirmed by former National Supporters Committee chairperson Nkosilenhle Masuku, who is studying in Taiwan, the shops which sell only Adidas brands are situated in the heart of Taiwan and also in Taipei. “They have kits of all national teams that use the Adidas brand, but the Sihlangu one is displayed on the window,” he said. Masuku said the merchandise had the FA logo and also an embroider abbreviation of the association. However, the sweater has the name Sihlangu across the chest, even though it has been mispelled as ‘Shilangu’. “Yes I saw the merchandise, and I have actually bought the track suit. It is very nice I must say,” he said. A source within the FA executive sounded so shocked that there was such a merchandise that was sold in the Republic of China in Taiwan. The source said in as far as he was aware Sihlangu was dressed by Adidas in a deal that was clinched by Confederation of African Football (CAF) under the Win with Africa in Africa Goal project. “We only know that they were to dress Sihlangu, but we were never made aware of merchandise that is being sold without our knowledge,” said the source. The source said it would be an anomaly for any merchandise to be sold in another country without hitting the local market. “This is very strange. We will need to investigate the matter at board level to find out what happened,” said the source. FA President Bomber Mthethwa sounded shocked on the matter when asked to comment. Mthethwa then referred all questions to his Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu. “I think as the man who was at the front of this Adidas deal would probably give you a clear answer if he has one. Otherwise I don’t want to have the right hand saying this and the left hand saying something else,” he said.

The (FA) is losing thousands of Emalangeni, while Adidas is raking in big money through the sale of Sihlangu merchandise, which include a track-suit valued at NT$2100(approximately E500). Interestingly, locals have no access to the Sihlangu replicas as none are sold in Swaziland.

According to information confirmed by former National Supporters Committee chairperson Nkosilenhle Masuku, who is studying in Taiwan, the shops which sell only Adidas brands are situated in the heart of Taiwan and also in Taipei. “They have kits of all national teams that use the Adidas brand, but the Sihlangu one is displayed on the window,” he said. Masuku said the merchandise had the FA logo and also an embroider abbreviation of the association.

However, the sweater has the name Sihlangu across the chest, even though it has been mispelled as ‘Shilangu’. “Yes I saw the merchandise, and I have actually bought the track suit. It is very nice I must say,” he said. A source within the FA executive sounded so shocked that there was such a merchandise that was sold in the Republic of China in Taiwan.

The source said in as far as he was aware Sihlangu was dressed by Adidas in a deal that was clinched by Confederation of African Football (CAF) under the Win with Africa in Africa Goal project. “We only know that they were to dress Sihlangu, but we were never made aware of merchandise that is being sold without our knowledge,” said the source. The source said it would be an anomaly for any merchandise to be sold in another country without hitting the local market. “This is very strange. We will need to investigate the matter at board level to find out what happened,” said the source.

FA President Bomber Mthethwa sounded shocked on the matter when asked to comment. Mthethwa then referred all questions to his Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu. “I think as the man who was at the front of this Adidas deal would probably give you a clear answer if he has one. Otherwise I don’t want to have the right hand saying this and the left hand saying something else,” he said.


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