Wanderers fail to stop presentation
MBABANE – In a shocking move, Manzini Wanderers have written a letter to the league sponsors, MTN Swaziland, requesting that tonight’s presentation be postponed.
The club said the ceremony should be stopped to allow the FA DC to finalise the club’s protest against Mbabane Swallows over the registration of Mfanafuthi ‘Taribo’ Bhembe.
The startling move could land them in severe trouble, as the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) has tasked its legal department to scrutinise if the move was not in bridge of both the elite football mother body and FA constitution.
The hub giants delivered the letter to MTN Swaziland yesterday morning, and the latter faxed it back to the PLS at noon. A swift press conference was held at Sigwaca House where the PLS Executive Committee, represented by Mduduzi Mabila and Steve Horton, announced that the presentation will go ahead as planned.
They said the fact that Wanderers, who are their affiliate, have not communicated anything about the issue officially, means that they cannot stop the occasion slated for the Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre at 6pm.
"We have received a letter directed to the sponsor seeking the postponement of the presentation. However, we are concerned that the office has not received any correspondence from the team regarding the matter; hence we consider that there is nothing that can stop the event. We, therefore, announce that the presentation will go on as planned, as we have already notified our partners; the sponsor and FA," Mduduzi Mabila said.
He said on the issue of the club writing to the sponsor, they have since tasked their legal team to consider if there was any bridge of regulations of either the PLS and or FA Constitution.
MTN Sponsorship Manager, Mfundo Mavimbela, in a response directed to the hub giants, said the cancellation of the event can only be communicated by the office of the PLS CEO. Mabila then warned teams against communicating with sponsors.
"This is really uncalled for because sponsors are very delicate and we know how hard it is to get sponsors. The action by the team has only helped expose not only them, but the entire organisation, as in the eyes of the sponsor, we will be viewed as being disorganised," he said.
He said that is why they have no option but to refer the matter to their legal department to look into it. Manzini Wanderers acting Chairman Sydney Nxumalo said the only reason they wrote the letter was to try and protect the sponsor as the PLS has said the presentation would continue despite the ongoing protest case held last night. "The sponsor will be affected because when we win the case there has to be changes in the prizes," he said.
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