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MBABANE – All Nations Church Archbishop and Mbabane Swallows President Bheki Lukhele has joined calls for the nation to adhere to government’s precautionary measures in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.

In a recorded statement yesterday, Lukhele urges the nation to help government in its quest to fight the deadly coronavirus, which has already claimed the lives over 50 000 worldwide.

“I am Bishop, Bheki Lukhele, president of Mbabane Swallows, Malangeni lamahle, sive sonkhe semaSwati we are under attack these days, we are under attack from this virus, COVID-19. The virus has shocked the whole world even our government has stood up and told us about the precautions of fighting this disease. Government has advised us to stay at home, wash our hands and also avoid having gatherings or staging events,” Lukhele said.


Lukhele said by adhering to the precautions, the nation would not only be helping government but it will also show we have the love for the country, Their Majesties and football as a country. “It would be good that after we have defeated this virus we can then meet again at our football stadiums. With those words, I am saying soccer lovers in particular, Swallows fans and players, let’s protect each other by adhering to the precautions. I thank you,” Lukhele added in the recording.

The Archbishop, unveiled by Swallows as the club president on August 22, 2019 at a glittering ceremony at Happy Valley Resort, led from the front last week when he not only paid the club players their March salaries in full but gave each of them a E3 000 bonus to enable them to take the precautionary measures related to the pandemic.


Mbabane Swallows Communications and Marketing Manager Manqoba Mabuza confirmed the recording from the club president.
“As Mbabane Swallows Football Club, we are concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19. In response, and guided by government authorities, we are also implementing our Internal Cirsis Management Policy and Plan.

Accordingly, our club president has released an audio statement, calling upon all our players, supporters and general public to heed the advice of government and take the necessary precautions against the virus,” Mabuza said. He said, as a team, they welcome the message from the president and thank him for showing great leadership during these trying times. “He continues to provide for the team and to lead it diligently. We are really lucky to have a leader of his calibre,” he added.

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