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STOKVEL GAMES BAN FOR SAFETY REASONS

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MBABANE – The Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) and clubs have agreed on their duty to ensure the safety of the players.

This pertains to the off-season and preseason participation of the 28 PLE club players in these tournaments. This matter was during the PLE Special Meeting at Sigwaca House in Mbabane, two days ago. It was said that the ExCo was concerned about the conditions under which these games were played, such as the lack of ambulances and paramedics. “With the love of the sport, we need to protect the brand and teams because the PLE is the clubs. Clubs rely on some players to improve the performance and competitiveness of the league. It then becomes a setback when such players, who play kasi-to-kasi, get serious injuries,” Rodrigues said.

He emphasised that it was important to relay the message to the clubs and agree on a common ground. Speaking on behalf of the PLE chairman, Rodrigues said most of the players who participated in such games were contracted to teams. He said it also had some negative effects on the organisations’ reputation, as some of these kits had their logos.
He further mentioned that neighbourhood football, as kasi-to-kasi is popularly known, takes different forms, including stokvels and holiday tournaments.

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