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MBABANE – Premier league teams are racing against time as the deadline for adherence to the CAF Club Licensing Programme is today.

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) will have to compile a comprehensive report to be submitted to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by the end of business today. EFA Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe confirmed when drawn for comment that today was the deadline. “Yes it is true that tomorrow (today) is the deadline as we have to submit the report to CAF,” said Radebe.


This comes after the EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu announced in a press conference on October 7, 2020 that Young Buffaloes, who were crowned champions of the 2019/20 MTN Premier League after it was cancelled with eight games to play due to the spread of COVID-19, were not guaranteed a CAF Champions League spot.
The CEO said they had recently given premier league teams deadlines to comply with CAF Club Licensing and they had submitted documents that were being scrutinised to determine if they complied. He said it must be clear that those declared as champions, if they did not meet the CAF Club Licensing requirements; they would not qualify to compete in the CAF Inter-Club competitions. The CEO highlighted that the EFA will be submitting the names of those that qualified to CAF by October 21, 2020. He said CAF had given them up until today to submit the names of the teams that complied with CAF Club Licensing.


The EFA CAF Club Licensing department had been examining the documents submitted by teams. Meanwhile, independent investigation by this publication suggests that even the country’s big three, being Mbabane Highlanders, Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers do not meet the requirement for CAF Club Licensing following the scrutiny by the EFA CAF Club Licensing department. Main requirements for compliance include having juniors’ structures, a well set-up office, audited financial statements, training sports ground and a home ground for hosting games among others.

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