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EZULWINI – Checking players’ temperatures before a soccer match is a requirement by FIFA.

This is according to the recently released playing guidelines for countries to complete their leagues and go on to the next season under the covid-19 pandemic era. FIFA is an acronym for Federation of International Football Associations.

Checking of body temperatures requires thermometers. In this case, the infrared thermometer scanner is most convenient and sold in South Africa for E5 000 each. The Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) runs the elite First Division and two development leagues, using at least 10 venues across the country.
With the gadget cost at E5 000, the 10 venues would cost PLE E50 000 to provide at least one per venue. However, the cost of the rule, could end up double as a backup is also essential.

PLE Chief Operations Officer (COO) Pat Vilakati was sought for comment, as this was now going to be the norm if football is to be played until the battle against the coronavirus is won.
“It’s true, we will need more than that. It’s not just the scanners but even hand-washing equipment and sanitisers as well,” he responded.

He said they would definitely need some assistance to be able to meet the FIFA guidelines. He said this also included training for teams.


Meanwhile, the 10 venues for PLE’s leagues are Killarney Stadium (Pigg’s Peak), Prince of Wales Sports Ground (Mbabane), Somhlolo National Stadium (Lobamba), UNESWA Sports Ground (Kwaluseni), Mavuso Sports Centre, Trade Fair Ground (Manzini), Mayaluka Stadium (Big Bend), King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium (Nhlangano), Tambankulu Stadium (Tambankulu) and Nsukuwansuku Stadium (Mhlume).

Furthermore, games in the country were suspended in March ahead of the EswatiniBank Cup quarterfinals. The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) suspended all football activities in light of the covid-19 outbreak, which at the time of this report, had recorded 220 positive cases locally.

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