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FOOTBALL POLICY TO REGULATE SECURITY FORCES TEAMS

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MBABANE – The Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) executive committee has appointed a special committee that will, among other things, formulate a manual to deal with non-civilian clubs’ personnel engaged by civilian teams.

In the Eswatini context, non-civilian personnel include mainly players from the security forces teams in Green Mamba, Royal Leopard and Young Buffaloes. These are the same teams that have been accused of having an unfair advantage over the civilians’ teams. In a media breakfast meeting at Sigwaca House Conference in Mbabane yesterday, PLE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kenneth Makhanya announced the Football Policy Committee. It has been established to assist the PLE executive committee in regulating the professional conduct among Premier League Clubs as per  the resolution of the Ordinary General Assembly on August13, this year. The eight-member committee, which was constituted from this past Monday, is chaired by Rudolph Matsenjwa, who is Tambuti FC Chairman. PLE Prosecutor Desmond Manda and former Sports Editor Bhekisisa Magongo are among the notable members.

The committee’s responsibilities and duties are to compile the PLE Football Compliance policies to govern the participation of clubs in the PLE. This Football Compliance Manual Policy will include regulating and guiding the professionalisation of the PLE; dealing with the status, registration and transfer of players within the PLE in accordance with the general principles of FIFA regulations. Other responsibilities include dealing with the compensation for the training, development and education of young players; handling the issue of the status and independence of PLE clubs’ decision-making in line with the PLE Constitution.

The manual will further deal with loan transfers of players on  top of the contentious issue of non-civilian clubs’ personnel engaged by civilian clubs.
“The committee shall meet at the call of its chairperson as necessary to complete its task in not more than five sittings.“The committee shall submit its report to the PLE Executive Committee on its activities, findings and recommendations on or before January 31, 2023,” reads the terms of reference in part. Also in place is a special committee that has been established to assist the PLE in reviewing the constitution. Chairperson is PLE Executive Committee Member Charles Matsebula.

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