A strong warning has been sent to the Women Football Association (WFA) not to sell votes in the upcoming EFA presidential elections on June 27.
This comes as the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) will host its elective General Assembly in June.
Currently, Dr Comfort Shongwe by virtue of being the longest-serving vice president, is the acting president following Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa’s election as president of the Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA).
Constitutionally, Mthethwa had to relinquish his position at EFA which he did in April.
During Wednesday’s WFA Extra Ordinary Assembly at Sigwaca House, Sithembiso ‘Ngudze’ Mamba of Madelezini Happy Girls said:
“We have learnt that there are already under hand tactics at play heading to the EFA elections and as WFA affiliates, we implore you not to sell votes. Nominate and vote for candidates that have the capacity of taking our football forward,”
Affiliates questioned if as teams they could collectively help the executive in choosing the right candidate, but WFA Chairman Sonnyboy Mabuza said: “I personally wish members can contribute but constitutionally it is the job of the sitting executive.
Maybe, along the corridors, you can suggest names but as an executive we can only promise that we will vote with integrity,”
The upcoming EFA elections, dubbed ‘new dawn’ by many, are expected to be highly contested with about seven candidates eligible to contest for the football’s hottest seat.
These candidates include the acting president Dr Shongwe, former EFA vice president Timothy Shongwe, Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) executive member Mashumi Shongwe, current EFA vice president Peter ‘Samora’ Simelane, EFA executive members Nichodemus ‘Ace’ Mashwama, Johannes Siboza and Sonnyboy Mabuza, among others.
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