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I’M NOT SHAKEN – ALLY

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EZULWINI – He is not shaken one bit. Mbabane Highlanders Managing Director Chief Ally Kgomongwe has come out to re-affirm his commitment in easing the financial burden faced by Hub giants Manzini Wanderers.


This comes in the height of reports that Kgomongwe’s pledge to assist the Manzini giants may land him in trouble with the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE), as this is reportedly in conflict with the constitution governing the operations of the organisation.


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However, in an interview yesterday in Ezulwini, the clearly relaxed Kgomongwe declared confidently that he was ready to face whatever may be thrown at him by the PLE in terms of sanctions, but reiterated that this would not stop him from fulfilling his pledge to Wanderers.
The Pretoria-based businessman sounded very surprised and disappointed that his offer to assist Wanderers is being blown out of proportion with negative publicity.


In a joint press conference held recently at the Happy Valley Hotel, Kgomongwe confirmed to journalists that he was assisting Wanderers in securing a director and would in the meantime assist them in meeting their financial obligations, like paying salaries and signing new players.


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The African National Congress (ANC) politician explained that he was only acting on a formal request from the financially-challenged Wanderers to assist them get a new director.


This is something he has already managed to achieve as he announced that there were two potential directors ready to take over the team.
Kgomongwe said the two prospective directors were meant to be in the country with him to finalise the takeover talks with Wanderers, but could not due to the strict COVID-19 travelling regulations.


“My pledge to assist Wanderers while awaiting the official takeover by one of the directors was done in good faith, especially because they (Wanderers) took the courage to approach me for assistance.


“I am not even an agent but just a messenger as I was the one who negotiated with the two directors on behalf of Wanderers.
“It is therefore puzzling why there is negative publicity about something that will benefit Eswatini football because Wanderers were one of the big teams here,” he said.


Kgomongwe further declared that if assisting Wanderers meant taking a bullet, he was more than prepared for that.
“If the PLE will decide to punish me for offering my help to a big team that is clearly in need of assistance, then I will take the bullet for that. This should not be about Ally assisting Wanderers but football in Eswatini because we all know their situation financially.


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“We cannot watch Wanderers die when we can assist them stay alive. I expected people who understand modern football to take this positively but clearly, I was wrong because I am now the bad person when I’m trying to help,” he lamented.
Kgomongwe added that his financial pledge to Wanderers was more of a loan because it would be paid back to him when the new director took over.


“We may be rivals with Wanderers in the field of play, but that does not mean we should be enemies. Even if Mbabane Swallows were to request similar assistance, I would gladly help them because rivalry in football should start and end in the field of play. Football is business now and that’s why you see teams in professional leagues like South Africa sharing sponsors without any hassle,” he said.

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