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GBV BREAKTHROUGH: EFA PASSES SAFEGUARDING POLICY

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MBABANE – Passed!

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) has passed the Safeguarding Policy to deal with those implicated in the abuse of the vulnerable group in the game of football. The Eswatini News published a story that the EFA would crack the whip on football people found to have been involved in gender-based violence (GBV) issues.

This was revealed by EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu two weeks ago during the 2023/24 Hub Utility Stores Under-17 prize presentation, which was held at the Sigwaca House. Mngomezulu said those found on the wrong side of the law would be sanctioned from the sport.

True to his word,  the EFA Secretary General disclosed that they had passed the policy with the help of the two safeguarding officers in the country. These are Hhohho Regional Football Association (HRFA) Development Officer Sibonangaye ‘Kompela’ Dlamini and Eswatini Women’s Football League Executive Member Lucky Dube.

Trained

It is worth mentioning that the duo was trained at the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Headquarters in Zurich. Mngomezulu, when addressing the media during the 2024 Hub Utility Stores Under-17 sponsorship, which was held at the Sigwaca House yesterday, said they wanted parents and guardians to easily allow their children to attend games without fear of the unknown.

“As I said about two weeks back here, we were working on the safeguarding policy. I am happy that that policy has been passed,” Mngomezulu said. He also said the HRFA should be proud that it had one of the  hardworking safeguarding officers in Sibonangaye, whom they consulted alongside Dube in drafting and passing the policy.
Mngomezulu, on the other hand, thanked Hub Utility Stores for his continued support in developing future stars in the country. The store pumped in E80 000 for this year’s edition of the juniors’ tournament.


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