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MBABANE – Hub giants Manzini Wanderers can heave a sigh of relief as their South African Director, Cedric Matata Mashile, is committed to leading the club for the next four years.

It is not long ago that Wanderers’ financial woes were reported as players and technical staff’s salaries were not paid in May and June. However, Mashile met with the club management and they were able to settle a month’s bill at the end of July but then that was a time of yet another salaries pay. So, this month will make it three months’ pay for the players and technical bench led by coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe. The team’s wage bill, according to investigations by this reporter, is E167 000 monthly. Two months of this amount is E334 000 while a third month takes it to E500 100.

It is understood that Mashile, who was never unveiled to the public by the club, is aware of the pending bills as he has received the club’s reports for the past season including budgets running to next season. It had earlier been established that the club was hunting for a new director in South Africa, Pretoria but its PRO and Acting Management Committee (MC) Chairman Mlungisi Ndzinisa dismissed that as untrue. “To be honest, we have a director who signed five years and he just assured us that he is committed to the five years. He wants to see the team play in Africa and I must say we can’t then be looking for a director when he is committed to the club and as management we believe he’s the best thing to happen to Manzini Wanderers. “He knows of the challenges we have but there’s also COVID-19 which is affecting business and he’s assured us that things are getting better for him and he’ll settle everything. It’s only one or two months that he’s not paid salaries so we can’t then jump ship when he’s consistently paid over E200 000 for over eight months,” Ndzinisa explained.

He said they spoke to Mashile and he was confident that he was the right man to lead the team. “After the death of Mkhatjwa, he also had to find someone else he could trust but the good news is that he will help us and wants us in Africa. I can’t even imagine Wanderers without the director because these days you can’t have someone sacrificing over E200 000 of their family money for eight months or more, it’s not easy as there’s nothing to play for unless the knockouts return,” Ndzinisa further explained.
He said they were positive though that the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) and Eswatini Football Association (EFA) would find a way to bring back the Ingwenyama Cup and EswatiniBank Cup in particular so there is something these directors invest their money for.

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