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MBABANE – Confusion!

The Eswatini elite women football teams have denied having received their league prize monies, despite claims that the prizes have been released to all 12 teams’ bank accounts about two weeks ago. 

Eswatini Women Football Association (EWFA) Chairman Sonnyboy Mabuza disclosed that the teams would be sharing 71 per cent of the prizes as announced by the football mother body Eswatini Football Association, who are the prime sponsors of the Women Football League. 

The monies will be allocated as per the team’s log standings in the final log table.

Manzini Wanderers ended the unfinished 2019/2020 league season settled at the log summit with 42 points in 14 unbeaten matches and were declared champions. They were entitled to E13 300 according to the initial prize breakdown and will now get E9 443. One of the club’s board members, Sabelo Ndwandwe, said their prize money had not reflected in their bank account. 


“We were only informed by word of mouth that the money had been released but it is not reflecting in our account,” said Ndwandwe.

AS Interladies coach Sabelo Dlamini said he was only informed to change the club’s account name on Friday since they were formerly known as OlympAfrica Ladies FC before the money could be transferred. 

“We haven’t received our prize but I believe that the delay was as a result of the name change,” said Dlamini.

Southern Divas Director Mfanzile Vilakati also denied these claims. Divas were fifth on the final log table and they are expected to receive E2 343 of the prize money. “Fortunately enough, the team’s bank account has incontact, which acts as proof of any transaction and reports immediately. There hasn’t been any activity in the acount to date,” said Vilakati.

Meanwhile, EWFA Secretary General Aaron ‘Katalala’ Mavimbela was adamant that all the prizes had been released to the teams. “The league prize money was released and transferred to the teams’ bank accounts. All we know is that they all received their prizes,” said Mavimbela.


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