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MBABANE – Manzini Wanderers interim Management Committee (MC) has sent an SOS (save our soul) to the team’s supporters to survive the axe at the end of the season.

The maroon and white hub giants are currently swimming perilously in the drop zone for the first time in their history, as out of 17 games they have managed to record four wins. Wanderers are languishing in the bottom four in position 11 with 14 points, they are trailing log leaders Green Mamba by 29 points and a point separates them from the relegation zone.

The MC called the supporters to an urgent meeting yesterday at Manzini Central High School to address the current situation the team finds itself in. Former player and Chairperson of the interim MC Berger ‘Hotline’ Nxumalo said since they took the position at the team without any funding they found themselves in the receiving end from the supporters, as they were not aware of what made the team struggle under their leadership.

“We called this meeting to address the supporters on the current situation the club is in, this is a first of its kind in the history of Manzini Wanderers to find us fighting relegation this way,” Nxumalo said. He said the main idea for the meeting was to involve the supporters to forge a way to rectify the situation, as we shared with them what we are facing in the day-to-day running of the club.

“We discussed with supporters that for the team to survive relegation we need E200 000 to help us run the team for the remaining eight games and thereafter we will once again meet to find long-term plans as today we wanted a short-term plan to pull the club out of danger,” he said.
He said since they got into office the 11 members of the interim MC contributed from their pockets to make ends meet and this was a drain for them. Nxumalo said according to lawyer and team Governor at PLE Bongani ‘Bhanyaza’ Mdluli, they were struggling to find someone to help them as even South Africa’s Helden Maja found it hard to invest under the current circumstances.
“Coming to the issue of a director, Bhanyaza hinted that the reason the team found it hard to get one was that no one wanted to be associated with a struggling side,” he said.
A few months ago, Wanderers reported to have struck a deal with South African businessman Maja, who showed interest to take over as the team’s chairperson. However, that deal has not materialised to date. Meanwhile, the club’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Lucky ‘Majayivane’ Dlamini also shared the sentiments made by Nxumalo that they met to address the challenges that they were facing and added he was happy that some of the supporters pledged to assist financially, as some contributed  money ranging from E5 000 to E20 000. He further said some had promised they would pledge more once they were financially stable.
Wanderers have a date with city rivals Denver Sundowns today at Mavuso Sports Centre with the hope to complete a double over ‘hommies’.

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