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LOBAMBA – With the 2021/22 season about to kick-off, CAF has called upon her member associations to tighten security at stadiums.

This was   revealed by former Royal Leopard Chairman Mxolisi Dlamini, who was the instructor during the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Safety and Security workshop. The seminar was held at Lobamba Technical Centre yesterday. “This workshop came about after CAF    noted the increased casualties or incidents   that happened at stadiums.  CAF said all her member associations should empower their affiliates so as to limit the incidents that seem to chase football lovers in stadiums,” Dlamini said.
He said the importance of the workshop was to learn how to assess risk management, CAF safety and security rules and regulations, outline roles for marshals or security officials. “CAF also sent us to teach the security officials about their responsibility and that fans too have their role to play in ensuring that there is limited or no violence or incidents at stadiums.  CAF also   want all stakeholders to ensure they are accredited, this goes to the media, and other football officials,” he added.

He also highlighted that the issue of ticketing system came under the spotlight. “Across Africa, it is a norm that more   tickets are printed, which exceeds the capacity of the stadium. This then lead to stampedes,” he said. During the workshop, Dlamini gave the attendees a glimpse of the Ellis Park Stadium 2001 disaster where 43 people died. Dlamini empowered the attendees about risk management   and planning for a big game like the big three. “For example, you cannot have limited number of police officers during the Mbabane derby or when Highlanders    and Manzini Wanderers are playing. As a security official you need to plan a week ahead. You need to partner with all the stakeholders like the police, paramedics, among other stakeholders,” he said. He encouraged the club officials to pass the information to other club officials and supporters.

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