By Melusi Mlotsa | 2021-09-15
SOCCER - MBABANE Highlanders Managing Director Chief Ally Kgomongwe has said the delay by the patrons to register the team as a company is frustrating him. This comes after the Pretoria based businessman requested the patrons to register the team as a company before the start of the upcoming season.
As a result, the capital city giants have not started their pre-season despite the fact that the new season will start on October 8. Kgomongwe expressed his disappointment when speaking to this publication.
“I am really frustrated by the patrons’ delay in registering the team as a company.
The new season is about to start and one must bear it in mind that more than a quarter of the players are without contracts. Then you wonder when one will start engaging the players in such a short space of time. This is really frustrating and I do not know what will happen next.
I can only work better when the team is registered as a company.” Kgomongwe revealed that he would have to spend over E500 000 for the renewal of the players’ contracts. He insisted that he would not continue leading the capital city giants until they register as a company.
Some of the players who are out of contract include Sabelo 'Sawa' Gamedze, Menzi Mamba, Xolani 'Papi' Sikhondze, Khanyakwezwe Shabalala, Ntokozo Shabangu and Peter Dlamini among others.
Mbabane Highlanders Patrons Secretary Musa Masuku said they were working on the matter. “We are working on it.” Kgomongwe took over from the team in the 2018/19 season from the Zweli Jele-led directorship.
He has won the EPTC Charity Cup and they were runners-up in the SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup. Meanwhile, the team’s patrons are expected to meet before the end of the week to finalise the issue of the registering the team as a company.
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