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MBABANE – “May potential sponsors please save the team?”

These were the words of a Manzini Wanderers player, who spoke on condition of anonymity regarding the state of the club. The hub giant’s player  asked for potential sponsors to come on board, with the club currently not attending  training ahead of the  Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe-coached side’s emergency meeting, which is set to take place today at the Manzini  National Library at 2pm.

The player emphasised the urgent need for financial support to ensure the continuity of the club’s activities and the well-being of its players. He urged businesses and individuals, who were passionate about sports to invest in the club, which would, not only benefit the players, but also contribute to the development of sport in the country.

“The team should be training hard to find good combinations right now, but unfortunately, we are not. Being in the relegation zone and not training is a recipe for disaster. This is a very sad situation, especially for a team of our calibre. Supporters need to understand that there is no magic formula for success in football. Without consistent training, we will not win any games, and this hurts, especially since we are one of the biggest teams in the country. We need to step up our efforts and work together to turn this situation around,” the player lamented.

The player, whose name remains known to the publication, expressed his concern for the club’s financial situation and begged for sponsors to step in and provide support. “You can never perform when you are not motivated and I appeal to potential sponsors in the country to please save the team. The past years have been tough for us. We have been losing good players to other teams and the current situation demands national intervention. The team’s lack of motivation and the loss of good players is a cause for concern. I’m calling on potential sponsors to step up and invest in this team, so that we can regain our momentum and bring back the glory days,” he added.


It was reported in the past months that the hub giants had a huge bill that had gone unattended for months. Players and coaches were unpaid for almost the entire season. The wage bill at Wanderers was confirmed to be at E130 000 monthly. The hub giants, who struggled and had to fight relegation throughout the past season and eventually survived about three games before the MTN Premier League 2022/23 ended, lost their South African Director, Cedric Mashile Mathatha, early in the season, which resumed last October.

Adding up the months from last November to last month, E130 000 totals E910 000. However, most players’ contracts have since been renewed. It took the team’s officials, like their Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Governor, in Lawyer Bongani ‘Bhanyaza’ Mdluli, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Diana Johnson, known as ‘Girlie’ and the management committee, led by club legend Berger ‘Hotline’ Nxumalo, to save the club’s blushes, as they sacrificed from their own pockets and also got assistance from other parties to avoid relegation.


Meanwhile for a struggling team like Manzini Wanderers they should  know that merchandise sales could be a game-changer for their finances. They can partner with a local print shop and created a range of high-quality team merchandise, from t-shirts to hats, as well as branded mugs. They can even  launch an online store, market the merchandise through social media and even set up a pop-up shop in their  home games.

The hub giant’s supporters have shown in the past that they love new merchandise and when availed they always snapped up quickly. The sales made can be able to  provide a much-needed financial boost and help the team to focus on the game, rather than their empty coffers. The team’s merchandise sales can not only bring in the cash, but it also helps to build a stronger connection with their fans. Wanderers Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mduduzi ‘Mr G’ Ginindza could not be drawn for comment after his cellphone rung unanswered.

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