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14-TEAM TOP LEAGUE SET TO CONTINUE NEXT SEASON

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MBABANE – The current 14-team Premier League set-up may be a pilot project, but it seems it is here to stay.


Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Governors successfully proposed for the increment of top flight teams from 12 to 14 in May this year. When the move was taken, it was said to be a pilot project. However, the new rules suggest otherwise. According to Article 11.7 of the 2017/18 Premier League Rules and Regulations, only two teams will be relegated at the end of the campaign, while the same number will gain promotion from the National First Division.


If the rules are anything to go, it means teams will remain at 14. Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Chief Operations Officer (COO), Pat Vilakati, could only confirm that two teams would be relegated at the end of the season as per the rules, but politely asked not to say much on the issue at this stage.


Meanwhile, National First Division teams had also benefitted from the increment of the elite league teams. Instead of the usual four, only two were relegated to the regions in the past season. However, it was a once-off benefit as four would go down at the end of the current season. There are 12 teams in the country’s football second-tier.

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