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MARK CARMICHAEL STEPS DOWN AS PLS CHAIRMAN

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MBABANE – Mark Carmichael has resigned as Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Chairman after only 113 days into the hot seat.


Classified information leaked to this publication revealed that the Manzini Sundowns boss stepped down from the hottest seat in the elite football, as he felt undermined.  Carmichael was elected interim PLS Chairman on March 8 to replace the late Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze. He stepped down on Friday.
Reports suggested some decisions were taken without his approval.
Carmichael reluctantly confirmed the latest developments, but preferred not to say much on the issue, stressing that he would not terminate his membership with the PLS Executive Committee.
“I don’t want to say much, but focus will now be on Sundowns and development.


“I have resigned as ‘chair’, but not as an executive member. This follows decisions that have undermined the office of the chairman,” was all he could say.
Asked if he would attend today’s Eswatini Football Association General Assembly at Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini, Carmichael said he was still to consult with the relevant authorities.
 Meanwhile, interviewed PLS Executive members had opted to play their cards close to their chests when sought for comment. Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula said he heard about the reports, but he was yet to see the resignation letter.  Sicelo Mkhonta said he only learnt that the chairman had written a letter with several concerns, but said the contents would be discussed in a meeting tomorrow.


Carmichael was elected by the Governors (clubs representatives) during a special meeting using Article 36.8 of the PLS Constitution, which calls for an election of an executive member to come on board if the current chairman cannot perform his duties. He was supposed to remain chairman until elections in the next General Assembly, which will be staged on a date to be confirmed. During his tenure, he celebrated the first-ever broadcast of the Ingwenyama Cup final by pay-per-view channel SuperSport about two months ago.  Last month, he witnessed the launch of an improved E18 million purse for the MTN Premier League. Most PLS Executive Members noticeably missed the event.

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