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LOBAMBA – Swazi football is living in ancient times.  An hour before kick-off, Manzini Wanderers and Mbabane Highlanders marshals, joined by fans and in full view of the public and Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) stadium representative Thulani Mavuso, exchanged blows in a battle for dressing rooms.

This was after a coin toss that determined which dressing room the two giants should use in this epic SwaziBank Cup semi-final clash played at the Somhlolo National Stadium on Sunday.

According to the tournament’s rules and regulations, the two sides face a minimum fine of E10 000 and a maximum of E100 000 each if the incident was recorded in match officials’ reports.
After exchanging leather, the two sides finally took to the pitch with Wanderers winning 2-0, courtesy of goals from Mike Dombo and Aladeon Kola.  

According to the SwaziBank Cup rules and regulations, “Any club whose member(s), player(s), official(s) or supporter(s)/fan(s) engage in unsporting or violent misconduct before, during or after a match; shall be liable to punishment.”

Article 8, 3, (d) of the Rules states that, “Assaulting a referee(s) or match official(s) or club official(s) or player(s) or fan(s) or supporter(s) or spectator(s) carries a minimum fine of E10 000 and a maximum fine of E100 000.
“In addition, the offending club shall be ordered to compensate the victim for any financial loss incurred due to the assault.”


Some marshals and fans received bruises from the clash, with police making a few arrests and calming what was turning to be a chaos.
SwaziBank Cup Management Committee (MC) Secretary, who is also Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Pat Vilakati described the incident as unnecessary but admitted challenges his organisation faced as beliefs in foreign forces to influence games was in their teams’ adrenaline.

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