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PLE FINANCIALS UPROAR PUT TO BED

By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-09-17

SOCCER – FINALLY!.

 Premier League of Eswatini board of Governors   eventually received the financial reports for the previous season of 2019/20.

The BoGs are said to have been given  the documents last night during the club licensing workshop held at the Eswatini Football Association Technical Centre in Lobamba.

The documents were also emailed to MTN National First Division governors since they were not part of the workshop.

This comes after an uproar from the governors following the delay in the distribution of the documents by the PLE.  According to the PLE constitution, the governors were expected to receive the financials 14 days before the AGM, which was held last weekend at the Happy Valley Hotel.

 Some of   the board of Governors, who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity expressed their unhappiness over the late distribution of the reports.

“We are not happy with the manner in which we are being treated by the organisation concerning the financial reports, as we were supposed to get the documents 14 days before the initial AGM. We were not given any explanation about the delays.

“It is within our rights to get the financial reports in time as governors, and we somehow feel disrespected following what happened,” the governor said.

PLE Chief Operations Officer Pat Vilakati said they had communicated the issues about the financial reports with the governors.

 On another note, the Premier League of Eswatini reportedly sought for an extended one-hour grace period from government    for the rescheduled AGM.

This comes after the forced postponement of the initial meeting last weekend due to the COVID-19 two hour regulations limit for gatherings.

Vilakati said they were still working on the issue when quizzed.

Eswatini Football Association Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe said affiliates were always expected to follow constitutional procedures when conducting their operations.  “It is always expected that affiliates should follow the constitution when doing their activities.  However, I am not privy to directly comment on the issue because affiliates conduct their affairs independently,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Communications Officer Sibongiseni Zondi referred queries to the Eswatini Football Association.  “This is purely a football matter. Please contact the Eswatini Football Association for  comment,” he said.

The rescheduled PLE AGM will take place on Saturday at the Happy Valley Hotel.

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