Eswatini FA presidential elections in Limbo

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The eagerly awaited 2021 Eswatini Football Association (EFA) presidential elections could be thrown into disarray.

This follows an urgent application filed by Zinyane All Stars at the High Court to stop the elections which are scheduled for Sunday at Happy Valley Hotel.

All Stars together with five other clubs under the Hhohho Regional Football Association filed an application before Judge Mzwandile Fakudze, where they are accusing EFA of violating statues and the electoral code.

The applicant, through its lawyer Sifiso Jele from SM Jele Attorneys want the elections to be put on ice pending the outcome of the recent application filed before FIFA by three Hhohho Regional Football Association (HRFA) Clubs in ZinyaneAll Stars, Mbabane United and ImbumbeFC.

The applicant further prayed that EFA should conduct the nominations and elections process in compliance with the statues. They cited Article 23 (1) which states that the official delegates shall be members of the affiliate which they represent, and be appointed by an appropriate body of that affiliate.

Meanwhile, the first respondent through their lawyer Sidumo Mdladla from SV Mdladla Attorneys, argued that there was no urgency in the matter. He averred that the applicant failed to show the court why it took them four years to challenge the elections process.

He further argued that the applicant should have challenged the Hhohho Regional Football Association (HRFA). Mdladla further prayed that the applicant had further been defeated by their own argument as they have not included the over 1 000 clubs under the Regional Football Association (HRFA).

The matter will be heard on Friday by Judge Fakudze. Other interested parties included two vice-president position nominees in Zakhele Dlamini and Steven Horton, who were both present during the session.

The recently installed EFA Ethics Committee has been cited as the second respondents while the Eswatini Sports and Recreation Council and ministry of sports, culture and youth affairs have been cited as third and fourth respondents, respectively.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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