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‘BIG 3’ FACE E2M MOMO CUP EXIT

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MBABANE – The ‘big three’s’ place in the semifinals of the E2 million 2022 MoMo Cup is in danger.

This is because they are still not showing any improvement in the voting exercise to maintain their positions in the last four of the inaugural tournament, scheduled for October 30, 2022. With nine days left in the voting exercise, the ‘big three’ teams in Mbabane Highlanders, Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers, could lose their seeding status and in the worst case scenario, a place in the last four of the tournament to current leaders in Shiselweni-based outfits Rangers and Nsingizini Hot Spurs, as well as National First Division Side Ludzeludze Killers. While the ‘Big 3’ were seeded during the launch, their fans must vote as they must reach 20 000 votes to show that they are the country’s biggest teams, or risk being kicked out of the semis, even without kicking a ball. Each vote costs E2.

Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Kenneth Makhanya, expressed his disappointment to the supporters of the ‘big three’ clubs in the land, for not coming to the party. “It heats up really quickly with 10 days to go. I mean this competition guarantees E10 000 for each club that reaches 2 000 votes,” Makhanya said. He clarified that if a club invests E4 000 it would get its money back with E6 000 as profit and he wondered as to which other sponsor did this in the local football. Meanwhile, the MoMo Cup voting is getting interesting with each passing day as Denver Sundowns jumped to the second spot, pushing Nsingizini Hotspurs to the third position as of yesterday.

Ikappa Kappa, as the Manzini-based side is fondly known, are the third club to record over 1 000 votes after accumulating 1 666 votes yesterday. Rangers, who are currently challenging the PLE and Eswatini Football Association (EFA) alongside Milling Hotspurs over their relegation from the elite league maintained their poll position with 2 135 votes.

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