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Swaziland have reached the semifinals of
the Cosafa Castle Cup on three occasions, proving their potential for upset
In 2003 Sihlangu reached the last four but
then lost to eventual winners Zimbabwe. In 2002 they were beaten in the
semifinals by South Africa, who also went on to win the competition, and in 1999
they were also semifinalists but were narrowly defeat by Namibia on post-match
penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Ironically before 1999, they had never won
a game in the competition but are now always considered a threat in the Cosafa
In 2004 Swaziland reached a competition low
when they lost their quarter-final tie at home to Zimbabwe by a competition
record score line of 5-0. The match was not completed after a crowd riot
brought the match to a premature halt. In 2003, Swaziland played host to the
African Under-17 championships.
They have not managed to make it past the
group stages in the last three Cosafa tournaments, but have lost just one of
their previous nine matches, too many draws costing them a place in the