Eswatini clubs protest eligibility of banned player

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Eswatini side Black Swallows have requested the assistance of the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) to secure documents from the South African Football Association (SAFA), as they continue to gather evidence in their protest against Mbabane Highlanders striker Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa.

Ndzinisa was banned from football for two years by SAFA after signing two professional contracts with TS Sporting and Mbombela United in 2019.

The player has since surfaced in the Eswatini premier League for Mbabane Highlanders, due to the geographically limiting sanction only effective in the SAFA-run Leagues.

But Swallows have submitted a letter to their football mother body, requesting them to seek supporting evidence from SAFA pertaining the two-year suspension.

The protest was set to be heard through an EFA Disciplinary committee on Wednesday evening. The club officially protested the fielding of Ndzinisa during their MTN Premier League match at King Sobhuza II Stadium, played on 9 May.

Black Swallows were the first club to protest against the fielding of the Sihlangu player and they have been joined by Moneni Pirates and Denver Sundowns.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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