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GAMES BACK ON AIR THIS WEEKEND

By Sibusiso Dlamini | 2017-09-13

SOCCER – GOOD news for football lovers in the country! The Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS) has had a ‘change of heart’ and promised to broadcast football games. This comes a few days after the radio station decided against broadcasting PLS sanctioned games, and this will come as sweet melody to the ears of football lovers, who cannot make it to the stadiums due to different reasons. This means that local football games will be broadcasted this weekend. This was revealed by SBIS Director Martin Dlamini yesterday. Dlamini further blamed the football black-out over the weekend to poor communication between his office and junior managers responsible for the airing of the games. “I can tell you now that games will be broadcasted live this weekend. This past weekend’s black-out was due to miscommunication between my office and a couple of my junior managers, which resulted in the rather unfortunate circumstances that resulted in the games not broadcasted,” he said. Dlamini’s sentiments yesterday were rather different from what was murmured in the SBIS corridors where it was said that the director had decided on the black-out because he demanded sponsors buy airtime and pay slots for the games to be broadcasted. Developments Notably, the move had also stunned both ministries concerned in of information and technology and the ministry of sports, culture and youth affairs headed by Dumisani Ndlangamandla and David ‘Cruiser’ Ngcamphalala, respectively. Both ministers were shocked to learn of the developments when interviewed by this publication on Monday, with the ICT minister stating that the reports were news to him, and referred all questions to acting PS Bheki Gama. Ndlangamandla’s counterpart in the ministry of sports, culture and youth affairs was also on the same boat, but promised to make an enquiry on the matter. Notably, this past weekend’s games were the much anticipated MTN first round opening games, marking the official start of the 2017/18 season.

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