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In posing the pertinent question on whether one does pass the leadership tests, fiery scribe, Bill Taylor, writing for the New York Times, could not have put it with such alluring clarity.

“The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action – an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign – even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special,” How poignant!

After months of speculation, accusations and counter-accusations as the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) prepared to go to the polls to elect a new chairman and Executive Committee, it is now down to three for the championship hopefuls. While the issue is one Charles Matsebula is still up for debate on whether he qualified to stand for the chairmanship race or not, for now, the official position is that incumbent Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula and his two Executive Committee members, Mark Carmichael and Sicelo Mkhonta will contest the seat to replace dearly departed head honcho Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze, who was gunned down by a bumbling fool – with no regard for life – on the fateful evening of January 14, 2018 at exactly 6:53pm (This writer is currently busy with the late Chairman’s Autobiography to be launched on that unforgettable day of January 14, in 2021).


We all can agree that filling the shoes of the gentle giant that was Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze has proven to be an unenviable task and this was even more evident when the names of his possible successor popped up, leaving everyone scratching his head on who could be our modern biblical Moses who can take our football from the financial bondage it has crept into, right up to the Promised Land of milk and honey (read professionalism and sustainability). We have, literally, been scraping the bottom of a barrel. This is not a challenge facing only football but the country as a whole. We have a leadership crisis. You only have to look at our Members of Parliament and the scourge of daylight bribery to win seats in the august House to see that this lovely country of ours has unprecedented leadership poverty.

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