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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT PLE ISN’T RIGHT - HORTON

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EZULWINI – It’s election time at the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) and football politics are at play.

As the teams await the electoral annual general meeting to be held at a date yet unknown, final nominees to run as candidates for the chairmanship and executive committee positions were named on Tuesday. The AGM had initially been scheduled for August 8 but due to COVID-19, it was suspended until the season was completed or decided by the Eswatini Football Association (EFA). Following the disqualification of Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows Director Charles Matsebula, who was nominated for both chairman and executive committee positions, there have been some concerns from some PLE Board of Governors.

“I can’t comment on that one. Personally I know what’s happening here is not right. I’ve had a good break away from football and I don’t want to be part of this. I didn’t even know about my nomination,” former EswatiniBank Cup champions Hub Sundowns boss, Steve Horton responded when asked to share his view on the disqualification.

Concurred

Horton said it had been a while since he looked at the PLE constitution but concurred that the amendment in question was made. Another source was called on the issue. “I can’t comment right now because I don’t have the constitution in hand but minutes can suffice as law,” responded another former PLE governor on condition of anonymity. There is currently some discontent from some clubs over the disqualification of Matsebula.

Those in contention for chairmanship now are current Chairman Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula, Mark Carmichael and Sicelo Mkhonta, who are both in the outgoing executive committee. Renowned Mashumi Shongwe withdrew his nomination but qualified to stand as chairman. Others for executive committee are Vovovo Director Sipho ‘Tsetla’ Bhembe and Malanti Chiefs’ Victor Rodriguez among others. Meanwhile, the gist with Matsebula is that he has not served four years both as a BoG or executive committee member. To stand for chairman position, the amendment said to have been made in 2016 requires four consecutive years in executive committee.

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