My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Game #1 0-0

The Black Terrors played the lowest ranked team in the league in the first game of the season. And it’s a draw.

Since this is a real official league that is based on the European style of scoring & all FIFA rules. We got 1 point toward the seasons total. There 34 games in the season and 33 left to play.

For those who don't know its 3 pts for a win, 1 pt for a draw (no overtimes at all), zero pts for a loss. The goal difference is the tie breaker (so goals for and against really matter.) The team at the end of the season with the most points (not necessarily the most wins, but usually) wins the whole league.

In Swaziland, the team that wins the league gets promoted to the next league up which is the 1st Division.

The Black Terrors are in the Super League (actually the 3rd division, the leagues here are Premiere, 1st Division, Super League and then Promotion, plus there are the Army, Town Council and school leagues all happening on weekends.)

Coaches commentary:

The players played well considering they hadn’t actually played a real game in two weeks (see last Saturday’s post for that reason). Although, many of these players have been playing together for years on this team. It was the first game of the season. The players who have come to practice & done conditioning held up way better than the rest. I played one player I had never seen before in practice or at a friendly. Other then that I had at least seen them all play a little, some a lot. I can’t say I was jumping for joy after the game but it wasn’t a loss. By the way the team hit the goal posts 3 times and really tested the goalie. They got a couple of chances but the defense was solid and the offense searching for goals. The mystery of this team is how to get them to score goals. They are great at setting it up but just unable to finish.

Anyway, it was really awesome to be back on the sidelines and there were probably 50 fans watching from the seats.

The game is played in the local “stadium”, in US terms it is like a really small high school field but it is the best field in town. Of course, no grass just the African red dirt fields, but missing the rocks, holes, and slants.

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