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Charity Cup play-off moved to Nhlangano

image REVEALS: Premier League of Swaziland Chief Operations Officer Pat Vilakati.

SOCCER - The much anticipated Swazi Telecom Charity Cup play-off will be played at the King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium.


This was revealed by Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Pat Vilakati when delivering his report during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday night.

He said the clash pitting Manzini Sundowns against Moneni Pirates would be played at Nhlangano and not Somhlolo National Stadium as stated earlier on.

“The inaugural Charity Cup play-off is headed to Nhlangano and we do invite supporters to attend this tournament in great numbers.


The winner between the two sides will join Mbabane Swallows, Mbabane Highlanders and the tournament’s defending champions Royal Leopard for the one-day tournament slated for August 27 at Somhlolo.

The refurbished King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium has already hosted SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup quarterfinals, regional finals as well as the MTN Premier League during the previous campaign. 


...New format for 2018/19 league 

SOCCER – Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) Chair-man Victor Gamedze has highlighted that the 2018/19 league will be played in a new format.

The chairman revealed this during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Sigwaca House on Thursday night.

He said this was necessitated by the fact that the local league was now bigger and also recognised in the continent.

The chairman however stated that they were still fine-tuning the format and would soon be revealed to their members.

“Our league is now bigger and better and that is why the executive is working towards introducing the new format, which will also see to it that all teams get a piece of the pie. Its for this reason that we hope to have bigger and better sponsorship packages than we have now so this can be successful,” he said.

Gamedze also announced that this was the last sponsorship from their last deals with MTN and the Sincempetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF).

“This is the last deal with MTN and SMVAF but we are still confident both sponsorships will be renewed,” he said.


He also explained to the governors that they were again negotiating with Swaziland Beverages over the Castle Premier Challenge top eight tournament.

“I want to assure you governors that the top eight is not completely lost. SB pulled out of the tournament because they are now under the leadership of a new company hence couldn’t go on with the sponsorship as they were reviewing their policies.

“However we have sent them our proposal and are hoping for a positive res-ponse. We will also be trying to scout for new sponsors but members will be informed of any developments in this matter,” he said.


...PLS collects over E700 000 from fines

SOCCER -The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) has collected over E700 000 owed to the associations in terms of fines.
PLS COO Pat Vilakati said during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Sigwaca House on Thursday night that the association had been owed over a million Emalangeni by teams.
“In the previous season teams have been owing the association millions but we have managed to reduce the debt to about E300 000. It was hard but the teams cooperated with us as we made agreements on how to collect the monies,” he said.
He commended the teams for their good behaviour in the past season stating that there were a few cases of violence.
“This has been a rather peaceful season as there disciplinary cases were not much. We had about two cases of misconduct which occurred at Mavuso Sports Centre but other than those everything proceeded smoothly.
Praises should go to the teams as this is a sign that you were able to control your supporters, which we recommend even in the new season,” he said.

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