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SURGING COVID-19 DEATHS WORRY EFA

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MBABANE – The Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA) stance to continue with the 2019/20 season might change if the latest comments by the organisation CEO are anything to go by.


This, is after it was reported that COVID-19 deaths had increased to 11 on Monday from the previous eight. Coronavirus statistics on Sunday saw the country recording 36 new cases, 11 deaths, 372 recoveries and 781 total cases. Reached for comment on the latest statistics, EFA CEO Frederick Mngometulu said it was worrying them as an association.


“Of course we are worried as an organisation that the cases continue to increase every day. What is also more worrying is that there are more new deaths,” Mngometulu said.


Asked if the increase in death would not have an effect on their stance to continue with the 2019/20 season, he said: “For us, just like FIFA, health comes first, that is why we had to suspend our football season. That is why yesterday (Sunday) during the AGM we announced that we will review the situation after August. Right now there would be no football activity until we meet and review our decision,” he said.


The 2019/20 season was brought to an abrupty halt on March 13 following the outbreak of the COVID-19.In South Africa, COVI9-19 updates revealed that 2 456 deaths have been recorded out of 138 134 total cases. The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthetwa was quoted by the Sunday Sun that the surge of the deaths could derail the Premier Soccer League from resuming action.

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