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The Ingwenyama Cup has reached the quarter-final stages of the tournament where only eight (8) teams remain and are eligible to win the mouth-watering E 1.1 million first prize money.

Giants have been slayed, whilst minnows have been rudely awakened and sent packing back to the drawing board to restrategise and return an improved outfit in the next edition of the three (3) year sponsorship package.

As highlighted by His Majesty King Mswati III, this is a first of its kind football competition, in the essence that culture has now also been introduced to the football aspect.

Labelled KWASA, the ideology is for all soccer spectators to observe their culture and gain insight into the traditions inherited from our forefathers, which in turn have made us stand out as a nation universally.

If you have not yet been to the stadiums to witness our national heritage for yourself, then this is a brief review of what has been occurring in the culture competition where up to E200 000 is up for grabs.

The culture competition dances off at four (4) venues across the country’s regions and Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) Chief Executive Officer Stanley Dlamini said that all interested culture teams were allowed to participate on condition they were appropriately dressed in the correct traditional attire and adhered to the songs prescribed for the competition.

The categories and arranged songs for the various traditional dances include:

  • INGADLA – Sisebentela Bukhosi Betfu
  • LUTSANGO – Litawutsetfwa Ehlobo
  • EMAJAHA / LUGUBHU – Kwabekwa Lizinyane Lembhubhe
  • SIBHACA – Akunasangoma Kulelive

The dates and venues for the regional eliminations are as follows:

23-Jan Hhohho Ebuhleni Royal Residence 9am
30-Jan Lubombo Siteki sports Grounds 9am
6-Feb Shiselweni Mbangweni Royal Residence 9am
13-Feb Manzini Mavuso Trade Centre 9am

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