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MBABANE - With the 2022/2023 MTN Premier League season’s curtain closing tomorrow, Mbabane Swallows President Archbishop Bheki Lukhele has once again been linked with stepping down from his position.

The All Nations Church in Zion founder succeeded Swallows slain boss Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze in 2018. According to well-placed sources within the team, Lukhele is set to step down at the end of the season, which is as a good as over, but the championship deciding games tomorrow remain significant. “The archbishop is considering stepping down and the team is aware of that. ‘‘He has informed them on these latest developments as he once requested the team to get him someone who will assist run the club,” the source briefly said.

News of the president departing the capital city giants is not fresh. During the off season last year, there was wide speculation that he had quit the club but it turned out to be untrue. The club delayed to resume its preseason ahead of this season, which fuelled the speculation that there were teething problems in the red and white side’s camp.  It a known fact that after Lukhele sought people who could partner with him in leading the team, one South African Helden Maja and other unnamed candidates were screened but in the end none were successful as he still remains sole director.


Swallows Governor in the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Board of governors (BoGs) structure, Sebenele Nhlengethwa said according to what he knew, Lukhele was still their president. Nhlengethwa then referred these reporters to the chairman of the team’s Elders Committee Absalom Ngwenya for further clarification on the matter. However, Ngwenya when called for the first time yesterday immediately said he knew why the publication was calling him and asked to be called within an hour as he wanted to have a chat with Nhlengethwa first. The latter himself had said Lukhele was their leader for now. “We have not got anything pertaining what you are talking about. He has not submitted anything to us on the said stepping down. What we know is that he is still the rightful president of Mbabane Swallows and if there are any developments, they will be communicated,” Ngwenya said.


Umkhonto KaShaka General Manager (GM) Sandile ‘Beyond 2000’ Zwane, responding on the issue yesterday on on national radio,  Eswatini Broadcasting and Information Services (EBIS1) Sport Show, did not deny the news instead revealed they knew there was such talk and also knew who was behind it. “The bishop is the president, director and owner of the club and he will always be. What I will say to is that our supporters must stop their behaviour and stop attacking our coach but give him a chance to mould the team and get results for us. The president, since he is man of God does not like it when such happens as it tarnishes his name,” Zwane said.

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