Eswatini government urges PLE to prioritise safety


The Eswatini Government has urged the Eswatini Football Association (EFA) and the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) to ensure that football is being played on a safer environment during the COVID-19 period.

Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga pleaded with the football federations during the launch of the 2020/21 MTN Premier League season on Wednesday.

“We call upon the EFA, PLE and clubs to continuously engage this huge audience to ensure that football people continue to take care of themselves and those around them as per the objectives of government’s ongoing ‘Mgcini WeSive’ covid-19 campaign,” says Bulunga.

The minister expressed his excitement over the return of football and also lauded MTN Eswatini for collaborating with the entire football stakeholders in the suspension of the sport after the outbreak of covid-19.

“It was in February this year when we last gathered in such fashion to launch a football tournament before the world as we know it changed right before our eyes. Back then when we launched that tournament, the only thing we had in our minds was getting ready for kick off, highly anticipating what we thought would be an interesting climax to the 2020/21 season.

“However, as we later learnt there would be very few kick offs after that and indeed, there would be no interesting climax to the season as covid-19 brought our world to a grinding stop. Instead, as a sporting fraternity, we had to join the rest of the nation and world in working together to minimise the effects of this devastating virus,” added Bulunga.

The Premier League of Eswatini will commence on Saturday, 12 December.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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