By MELUSI MLOTSA | 2022-01-15
SOCCER -THE country’s 'Big 3' namely Mbabane Swallows, Mbabane Highlanders and Manzini Wanderers together with three other clubs have come together and form the 'Simunye Group'.
The other three teams are Vovovo, Tambankulu Callies and Rangers.
This was decided during a meeting that was held yesterday afternoon the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Technical Centre.
The teams are concerned about the lack of sponsorships and want to help the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) to be a commercial entity.
The club bosses who attended the meeting are Mbabane Highlanders boss Chief Ally Kgomongwe, Sandile ‘Chief’ Dlamini(Manzini Wanderers),Mehluli Nhlengetfwa ( Vovovo),Callies’ Sithembiso 'Ngudze' Mamba while Mbabane Swallows’ Welile Dlamini and Sandile 'Beyond 200'Zwane represented President 'Bheki' Lukhele. Rangers were represented by Thokozani Ndzinisa as well as players and supporters from the various teams also attended the meeting.
First to make his remarks was Manzini Wanderers Director Sandile ‘Chief’ Dlamini said they are striving to improve football in the country.
“We want to come together and deliberate on issues of common interest. We are coming out of the COVID-19 situation and stadiums are empty. We don't know if we still have other tournaments. This is a serious matter. We want to see something positive in our football. We want to help improve and build our premier league,” he said.
The seasoned administrator said he was also worried that stadiums such as Somhlolo are still closed.
“It’s a pity that the country’s national stadium is still unavailable and only available for social teams. This is yet another example of how we are losing potential revenue as clubs from not being able to utilise the venue,” he said.
Mbabane Swallows legal advisor Welile Mabuza said it's high time the playing field is leveled.
“As the ‘Big 3’ we deserve to be sitting at the main table. We want the playing field to be leveled especially concerning the issues of the security forces who have unfair advantage compared to the other teams,” he said.
Mabuza further highlighted that the PLE have turned the ‘Big 3’ into money making machine in terms of fines.
“Fans are valuable but however, becoming costly because of the heavy fines teams are incurring because of behaviour,” he said.
I LOVE HIGHLANDERS - MEHLULI
SOCCER - VOVOVO director Mehluli Nhlengetfwa has declared his undying love for Mbabane Highlanders.
“I grew up supporting Highlanders. However, I will work hard on Sunday to ensure that my team comes out with positive results,” he said.
Nhlengetfwa added that he never thought he would return to football after the quit Manzini Wanderers about two seasons ago.
The businessman also highlighted that many teams are lack proper structures.
“We need to have workshops where we will be trained how to run teams,” he said.
The former Manzini Wanderers boss further mentioned that players must have something to fall back after retirement.
Meanhwile Tambankulu Callies boss Sithembiso ‘Ngudze’ Mamba said it’s high time they take football serious.
“We are now sending a signal that we have to take football serious. The idea of coming together is open for everyone,” he said.
Mamba also urged fans to respect directors.
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