By Sibusiso Masilela | 2018-04-17
SOCCER – CASH flow will not be a problem for hub giants Manzini Wanderers if they win the SwaziBank Cup as the players will reportedly share E500 000.
This comes after the Weslians beat capital city giants Mbabane Highlanders to make it through to the finals of the knockout tournament.
A source close the matter said the players had been informed about the good news by the management committee (MC).
The Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe-led charges have a date with defending champions Young Buffaloes on April 29 at the Somhlolo National Stadium in their quest to end their 13-year trophy drought.
“The players will receive 50 per cent of the E1million prize money if they manage to win the trophy. The players have already been told about the developments and it was ‘sweet melody’ to their ears.
This is according to the club’s policy which entitles the players to half of any first prize money won by the team. The move was solely made to motivate the players to work hard.”
The source said the players have also promised to die inside the field of play.
“The spirit is high in the camp and everyone wants to deliver the trophy for the team,” the source said.
The team’s Chief Executive Officer Pat Mahlalela said they were focusing on the remaining competitions (SwaziBank Cup and MTN Premier League) when contacted yesterday.
“We are focussing on competing effectively in the two competitions and we do have a policy as a club pertaining prize monies but it is not for public consumption,” he said.
Mahlalela further thanked the entire ‘Weslians’ family for the support they were giving the team.
“We are very grateful to all our stakeholders for the support they are showing to the team. This kind of support can go a long way towards the revival of the team. We are also grateful to our sponsor Swazi Mobile for the support they are offering to the team. It is such sponsorships that have brought stability to the team,” he said.
The Weslians also stand to get a ticket to the 2019 Total CAF Confederation Cup if they manage to win the 15-year old knockout competition.
The maroon and white ensemble have been enjoying a remarkable run of form in the tournament where they have managed to beat Premier League sides such as Vovovo, Manzini Sundowns and Mbabane Highlanders on their way to their third finals appearance in this tournament.
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