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MBABANE – They are scattered everywhere you go. Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows players are literally scattered in small groups in three different places and have not trained together for the whole week despite playing a crucial game against Mbabane Highlanders on Sunday.

Since their eviction from their former clubhouse in Pigg’s Peak last week Tuesday, due to six months unpaid rent, the players were said to have found refuge at Malanda Hall before moving to their new place of abode at Glen Village at The Club within Pigg’s Peak, while some moved to Mbabane with the team’s Manager Charles Matsebula.


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The division in the club’s management has undoubtedly affected the team. One of the ground rules of a successful team is training together but the same cannot be said for Black Swallows. A source close to the matter confirmed that the players trained in different playgrounds on Wednesday, being Malandalahle, The Club and in Mbabane. Black Swallows kit Manager Busta Vilakati confirmed the divided training but hoped to have the team ready for the game on Sunday.


“Yesterday (Wednesday) some players trained at The Club and yes, it is true that some trained at Malandalahle. We had requested for the players in Mbabane to join us but they never made it,” said Vilakati.
When asked if the players would be ready to tackle Highlanders on Sunday, the manager, Matsebula, said he would summon them to assemble at Somhlolo National Stadium about four hours before the game and if the numbers concur with the Premier League rules, they will play.


“From tomorrow (today), we will be making announcements, calling the players to assembly at Somhlolo by 11am then enter the stadium at noon. We are trying our best to regroup. We will not pre-empt what may happen. In the end, God shall be with us,” said Matsebula. He further said that he had formally raised their issue with the Premier League of Eswatini and made the PLE Executive aware of their situation

. Black Swallows head coach Aloe Badara also confirmed that the players had not trained for an entire week since their eviction from the former clubhouse, but hoped to have them in shape for their game on Sunday. He, however, declined to get into the merits of the reason behind their lack of training and cited the elders as the rightful people to respond.
“It is true that we have not trained since last week Tuesday until Wednesday. I can only respond as a coach and nothing beyond that but I hope that the players will be fit enough to play,” said Badara.

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