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MBEKELWENI LADIES RETURN TO EWFA

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MBABANE – Mbekelweni Ladies football team is back.

The Eswatini Women Football Association’s (EWFA) will have 13 teams in the new season as they welcomed the return of Mbekelweni Ladies. This transpired during the EWFA elective Annual General Assembly (AGM) held on Sunday at Sigwaca House in Mbabane. Mbekelweni was suspended in the 2018/2019 season for failing to honour games. The team was suspended according to Article 16 which reads; “the executive committee may, however, suspend with immediate effect a member that has committed serious breach of FIFA, CAF, EFA and EWFA statutes, regulations, directives and or decisions made under them or it fails to fulfill its financial obligations towards EWFA. Such suspensions shall last until the next general assembly unless the executive committee has lifted it in the meantime.”

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Failing to honour fixtures was a violation of Article 15 which obliges members to fully comply with the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of EWAF, FIFA, CAF and the Eswatini Football Association (EFA). According to former Secretary Aaron ‘Katalala’ Mavimbela, the club was suspended for one season, but failed to return last year upon the outbreak of COVID-19 which placed the women’s domestic league on ice for 16 months. Representing Mbekelweni Ladies FC was team Manager Majahonkhe Nkambule who assured the meeting of their readiness to resume play. “Our main challenge was that the team was dominated by scholars who by the time were busy preparing for their external examinations for Form III and V. Our weekend fixtures were affected as parents often barred these players from attending Saturday and Sunday games due to academic and religious commitments,” said Nkambule.

He further said the new team comprised of fewer scholars, but acknowledged having produced skilled players for the national team including Tenanile Ngcamphalala and big teams such as Young Buffaloes Ladies, Manzini Wanderers and Mbabane Swallows ladies teams. “We won’t have the same challenges and we are ready to compete. We will continue developing and grooming players to feed the national team as we have done in the past. The women’s league is expected to commence in the next fortnight following the completion of COVID-19 tests.

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