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By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-08-01

Soccer - Rangers Football Club Governor Mashumi Shongwe has welcomed his removal from  the Premier League of Eswatini nominations, adding he is not bitter about the decision.

Shongwe said his stance was purely out of his respect for football rules.

This comes after the executive member was removed from the nominees released by the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Pat Vilakati on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Shongwe was among the candidates who were nominated for the executive member seats on co-option.

 “I was not disqualified but I didn't  meet some constitutional requirements, which I have no qualms with as a person who upholds the laws of the game. I have no hard feelings  about the development and I accept the decision,” he said.

The former Shiselweni Regional Football Association chairman further thanked his club Rangers and other clubs for nominating him.

 “I am grateful and so much indebted to my team and other clubs that nominated me and the trust they have in me. Had I qualified I am confident I could have stepped up to deliver for the organisation since I am familiar with a lot of issues within the organisation.

No member of football will ever regret voting for me to serve in any position within football,” he said.

Shongwe also said he is unfazed about the situation due to his experience in football.

“I am a football person having grown up in the sport which led to me serving in the Shiselweni Football Association for one term as treasurer and two terms as chairman. My time in  the EFA executive committee and past experiences prepared me for such situations. I have a lot to contribute in advancing the interest of football to benefit its members and entire stakeholders so I am now focused on that,” he said.

Shongwe further stated that he loves working in a conducive environment.

“I am a person who believes in peace and working with stakeholders. also, the masses deserve good service from leadership. I still believe in transparency, accountability, efficiency and loyalty. I will serve them right. I am available where needed and people must feel free to approach me,” he added.

Shongwe joined the PLE executive committee in August last year as a co-opted member replacing Steve Horton during the AGM  held at Sigwaca House.

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