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MBABANE – COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at Manzini Wanderers.

Two of the maroon and white outfit players are said to have tested positive to the virus last week after conducting tests.

According to sources from the hub side, the duo did the honour by informing the team management that they had tested positive to the virus.

The team, despite not mentioning names as health issues are confidential, confirmed through their Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mlungisi ‘Mluga’ Ndzinisa that indeed two of their players tested positive to the virus.

“The two players who tested positive to coronavirus are currently at home in self-isolation recovering,” said the PRO.

He added that the team had been very supportive to the players as they had bought them medication which was recommended by their medical team.


“Doctors had advised that we should observe them until they return to a medical facility for check-ups after the stipulated period of self-isolation,” said the ‘Weslians’ spokesperson.

He then assured the maroon and white loyalists and the nation at large that the players were recuperating well.

Wanderers is not the only team to have had their players testing positive to COVID-19, as Green Mamba wrote to the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) some weeks ago requesting that their forces’ derby against Royal Leopard be postponed because at least five of their players had tested positive to the virus. 

Moneni Pirates have also reported cases of COVID-19 among their players. 

Meanwhile, in a press briefing recently, the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), through Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu, announced that the country’s football mother body has taken the initiative of conducting compulsory COVID-19 testing of all players and officials in the premier league and national first division league. 


This will also include referees and associated officials ahead of the resumption of matches after the two-week break as a result of the partial lockdown in the country. The EFA is expected to spend over E800 000 in the process of testing the estimated 1 000 people. 

Mngomezulu said this was in-line with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of ensuring that football competitions are in a safe environment. On another note, the PLE had been reported to have pledged a total of E300 000 as contribution to the COVID-19 testing of all the 30 premier league clubs expected to commence soon before the resumption of games. Reports are to the effect that this pledge has already been communicated to the EFA.

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