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By Sabelo Gwebu | 2022-06-23

SOCCER – Saturday’s Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Board of Governors (BoGs) meeting has big decisions to make,  particular the burning issue of relegation in its two divisions, Premier League and the National First Division.

BoGs have earlier proposed that the relegation of clubs in both its leagues be reviewed.
The PLE anticipates holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of the July but after the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) issued its General Assembly notice, which will be held on August 21, the PLE will be forced to shift its AGM to a later date.

The EFA General Assembly is the highest decision making body in local football and the PLE’s proposals will be null and void if it holds its AGM earlier. According to the 2021/22 MTN Premier League rules and regulations, four teams will be relegated with two promoted from the NFD, leaving the number of clubs for the upcoming 2022/23 season at 14.


As per the rules, Malanti Chiefs, Tinyosi, Rangers and Milling Hotspurs have been relegated from elite league football while Seven Dreams and Madlenya have been promoted.
The NFD rules stipulate that six teams will be relegated and four  promoted from the four Super Leagues to maintain the number of teams in this division at 14 for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

One of the crucial items on the agenda at any PLE AGM is the confirmation of relegated and promoted teams.

PLE Chairman Mark Carmichael revealed that the organisation had anticipated to have its AGM at the end of July. But after the EFA General Assembly notice, that decision will be made by the BoGs during their meeting scheduled for Sigwaca House  on Saturday.

“The reality is that whatever club owners want to be proposed cannot hold water if our AGM is before that of EFA but we will be guided by the BoGs in our meeting,” the Denver Sundowns boss said.

In its General Assembly notice released by EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu, the football governing body notified its affiliates that, “Notice is hereby given to all members of the EFA in terms of Article 29 (2) of the EFA Statutes that the Ordinary General Assembly 2022 will be held on Sunday August 21 at a venue and time to be communicated in due course, in conformity with the EFA statutes”.

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