PLE Chairman Peter Magagula and MTN CEO Ambrose Dlamini posing with 2018/2019 season’s trophy


EZULWINI-MTN Eswatini Chief Executive Officer Ambrose Dlamini has officially announced the beginning of the 2018/19 season MTN Premier League games. This was during a press conference held on Monday at Mahlalekhukhwini House in Ezulwini. MTN has been the title sponsor of the Premier League of Eswatini in the past 15 years, in which the giant mobile company has pumped over SZL 25 million. Furthermore, in July, the company announced SZL 18 million sponsorship for the next three years, which will see about SZL 5 million being extended directly to teams as participation fee. “Today, the major announcement that I am here to make is let the
games begin,” said the MTN CEO. The highly anticipated PLE games will kick-off from this coming Friday, with an exciting Y’ello Sunday which will feature a derby between long-time rivals Mbabane Swallows and Mbabane
Highlanders. “As a title sponsor, we are committed to build excitement before, during and after the games,” emphasised Dlamini. He also called upon clubs to play their part by ensuring there is fair play, lots of goals and conspicuous absence of violence. On another note, PLE Chairman Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula urged teams to comply with Club Licensing Regulations ahead of the new season. He voiced out his disappointed that to date, only seven teams have been able to register for the new season, after they were able to meet registration requirements. “This is uncalled for. We expect this maybe to happen with teams that only have Public Relations Officers (PROs), not teams that have Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), because they have an advantage of delegating tasks,” he said. The Chairman also announced that effective from this season, all those who will be willing to conduct business at stadiums which will host PLE games should contact the PLE. “In all the past years, we have established that people have been making money during games, but this money had not been benefiting teams in anyway. That is why we now want all those who will be looking to conduct business at stadiums to see us,” he said. In line with this new development, the PLE is setting up a fully-fledged business unit. In conclusion, Magagula urged teams to work hard from the beginning of the season. “A good start means a good ending,” he said. Manzini Wanderers will face Green
Mamba in the league opener, and Mbabane Highlanders will lock horns with Mbabane Swallows.

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