By Qondile Ntiwane | 2018-09-14
SOCCER – THE much anticipated MTN Premier League kick-off is likely to be thrown into disarray as Mbabane City have filed an urgent application seeking the court to interdict the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) from relegating them to the MTN National First Division.
The Mbabane based ensemble, referred to as the applicants in this matter, have since filed an urgent application at the High Court where they want the PLE to be stopped from relegating the team pending the determination or finalisation of the matter pending before the first respondents, the Eswatini Football Association and or any other avenues such as lodging an appeal with FIFA or the Court of Arbitration (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, as provided by the EFA statues and FIFA statute.
The applicants also want an order directing the EFA to create an Arbitration Tribunal (AT) within seven days to deal with the matter and or complaint pending before it.
In their papers, the team added that they want the PLE to be compelled to release, if any, minutes of the so called Special General Meeting of May 2017 endorsing the increment of teams from 12 to 14 and also the setting up of the so-called play-offs involving three teams after the end of the 2016-2017 season.
The team filed the urgent application following the release of fixtures by the PLE for both the premier league and NFD, where City have been fixtured in the lower division.
The team, through their attorney Thabiso Fakudze of Fakudze Attorneys, stated that any further delay in bringing this application would cause irreparable harm and prejudice to the applicant in that it would be subjected to selective justice, much against its inherent constitutional right and the well entrenched FIFA principle of fair play.
They also argue that they have used every available remedy as provided for by the local football structures and the respondents’ have failed to seriously and meaningfully address the anomaly.
Meanwhile, Midas City were relegated together with Red Lions after the end of the previous league campaign where they finished at the bottom of the log.
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