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SEA BIRDS GRANTED E100 000 LOAN BY PLE

By Jongile Xuba | 2020-09-16

SOCCER – The Premier League of Eswatini has reportedly granted an estimated loan of E100 000 to Manzini Sea Birds.

Since the coronavirus stopped games about six months ago, the 26 clubs under the premier league have been struggling financially as there has been no income at all.

A source close to the matter asserted that the money was released under the guise, of an advanced loan.

“All other executive members are not aware that Sea Birds have been given a loan in the mist of the coronavirus when most teams are struggling financially. What makes the matter even more questionable is that Manzini Sea Birds is said to be owing the PLE over E100 000. Currently, the PLE is having a headache on how it will recover monies loaned to clubs because there will be no gate collections,” the source said

PLE Chief Operations Officer Pat Vilakati was unfortunately not able to verify the matter as he had knocked off when he was called.

“I would have to check my records in the office as I am already heading home.

 I do not recall all the transactions that happened as of June 30. a lot has happened and the season was cancelled," he said.

Sea Birds General Manager London Dlamini confirmed they had received financial aid from the PLE but refuted the E100 000 figure.

“Just like all other teams within the premier League, I can confirm we received a loan from the organisation. However, it is not the E100 000 that you mentioned,” he said.

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