By Sabelo Gwebu | 2022-09-26
SOCCER – THE inaugural MoMo Cup voting exercise is turning up to be a battle of the South as Shiselweni teams Rangers and Nsingizini Hotspurs are battling for the spot in the preliminary play-offs slated for the end of October.
In just 24 hours, Rangers reclaimed top spot, taking their total votes to 2 112 with Premier League rookies Nsingizini back on second position with 1 259 votes. Interestingly, four National First Division sides; Rangers, Ludzeludze Killers, Sisonkhe and Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows find their names in the top 10 with just over a week of voting left.
The top four voting sides will qualify for the preliminary play-offs to be played in a one-day winner format before joining the country’s traditional big three teams on the main day of the tournament. However, qualification to the main day does not come automatically for Mbabane Highlanders, Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers as they still have to put in at least 20 000 votes to be eligible.
Interestingly, the three security sides; Royal Leopard, Green Mamba and Young Buffaloes who also have to put in 20 000 votes at the very least to qualify had amassed a combined disappointing 98 votes by the end of business yesterday.
In total, 7 382 votes have been put in by the 28 clubs under the Premier League of Eswatini. Sponsored to the tune of E2 million, the winners of this maiden tournament will walk home with E600 000 and gate takings will be shared among participating teams in each of the two days.
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