Newly appointed Swazi coach Anthony Mdluli told the media upon arrival he is aiming for a fresh start as they prepare for the COSAFA Cup in May and the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 qualifiers later in the year.
Mdluli, who deputized for De Jongh, has since been elevated to the top spot, and has selected only home based players for the friendly against the islanders.
“I have been in the new role for less than a month and I have selected only seven of the players who were part of the last squad that lost to Zambia as we aim for a fresh start with new blood along with some experienced players. We have new players who are still adapting to the national team set up and therefore we are here to avoid defeat and try to win but we will also be satisfied with a draw,” the Swazi coach explained.
The Swazis nicknamed ‘Sihlangu Semnikati’ are also trying to boost confidence in the squad as well as please their fans with positive results as they face mighty Egypt and Tunisia in Continental qualifiers later this year.
The last time the two teams met was at the COSAFA Cup in 2016 where the Swazi emerged victorious with a 4-0 win.