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OWING TEAMS TO FORFEIT TV RIGHTS GRANTS

image PLS Chairman Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze.

SOCCER – The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) is set to forfeit TV rights grant from the Premier League teams that are still owing the organisation.

 

The move will affect two of the country’s crowd pulling side Mbabane Highlanders and Manzini Wanderers who both owe the organisation separate amounts. 

All 14 premier League teams  stand  to receive undisclosed  fees  from the E2 million TV  rights grant  from Swazi TV as per PLS Chairman Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze’s  announcement during  the PLS General Assembly held  on Thursday night at the Sigwaca House.

Highlanders have not yet settled their E300 000 loan handed to them by the PLS mid last season when the current board of directors led by Zweli Jele took charge of the team replacing former managing director Bheki ‘Rubber’ Simelane. 

However, Wanderers are also haunted by their fines accumulated over the past two seasons during separate violence incidents. 

An executive  member who preferred to speak on condition  of anonymity, asserted  that  the move  would be imposed  on the owing teams  soon as the PLS  starts distributing  the grants. 

“Owing teams will have their grant  forfeited in order to try and recover the owed monies from the teams and teams will soon be informed. This move is aimed at recovering the monies from the teams since teams are struggling to repay their loans,” the source said.

PLS Chief Operations Officer (COO) Pat Vilakati could not be drawn for comment on the matter as his cell phone rang unanswered before going out of the network. 

Wanderers General Manager Patrick Gamedze said they were still to receive a formal  correspondence from the PLS office when quizzed about the matter yesterday. 

“I am aware of the matter but there hasn’t been formal communication from the PLS office yet,” he said. 

Highlanders PRO Paul Masilela said he was yet to get a briefing from the board of directors regarding the matter when contacted yesterday. 

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