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MBABANE – Their message is loud and clear.

Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) members want their executive committee led by Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula to negotiate compensation for them with league sponsors MTN Eswatini in the event the current football season is declared null and void. Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa told the association’s delegates during their annual general meeting (AGM) last Sunday at the Happy Valley Hotel in Ezulwini that a decision on the fate of the current football season would only be decided in August.

Analysts, however, are of the view that the decision to suspend the current football season is now almost inevitable for the country’s football mother body given the situation surrounding the virus. They feel it is near impossible now to finish the remaining football games in light of COVID-19 especially with the high rising number of deaths and positive cases recorded in the country in recent days. The issue of the upcoming PLE AGM, which constitutionally must be held on August 15, is another factor that could ultimately force the country’s football authorities to relent and nullify the season. This is because such a meeting signifies the completion of the season in constitutional terms hence games played outside this meeting date could be challenged – legally that is.

This is one of the reasons elite league members are proposing that their executive committee engage the league sponsors on the issue of compensation if the MTN Premier League is eventually cancelled. The submissions are contained in the report submitted by the PLE COVID-19 sub-committee to the executive committee last week Friday.
Mbabane Swallows’ Board of Governors member Andreas Lukhele heads the sub-committee alongside Manzini Wanderers Chairman Bongani ‘Bhanyaza’ Mdluli, Sibusiso ‘Scorpion’ Nxumalo (Mhlume Peacemakers) and Hlatikhulu Tycoons’ Elyan Masuku, who are all members.

This committee was assigned by the executive committee to source information from all the members to assist in mitigating the effects of the virus on local football. They were mandated to make a full compilation of the submissions before coming up with a report, which they duly forwarded to the executive committee as already mentioned. Three options of compensating the members were proposed to the members of this committee.


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