Students from Taiwan ally eSwatini play football

The two countries mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year

National Yang-Ming University's football team counts 3 players from eSwatini (photo courtesy of NYMU)

National Yang-Ming University's football team counts 3 players from eSwatini (photo courtesy of NYMU) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Students from Taiwan’s only African ally, the Kingdom of eSwatini, gathered on the campus of National Yang-Ming University in Taipei Saturday (April 13) to play football.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of official diplomatic relations between the two countries. King Mswati III of eSwatini has been a frequent visitor to Taiwan, with a son of his even graduating from a Taiwanese university.

More than 200 students from the African country turned up at Saturday’s event, organized by its embassy in Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.

Yang-Ming’s own football team counts three members who hail from eSwatini, the university said in a news release, but other sports were also featured at the event.

Since most of the students were spread over universities in various parts of Taiwan, it was a unique opportunity to bring many of them together, a Yang-Ming football player said.

The idea for the event grew from a ‘friendly’ match against Yang-Ming University organized by Ambassador Thamie Dlamini, according to CNA.