Eswatini Local referees have cried foul over their unpaid allowances from the MTN Premier League amounting to over E25 000.
Close to 29 Premier League referees are entitled to an allowance of E350 per match, and they had officiated in two matches in the MTN Premier League before games were suspended last month due to the covid-19.
On top of that, a total of 26 National First Division referees are also being owed a total of E5 000, which comes after each of the whistle men were entitled to E200 per match. This outstanding payment excludes transport allowances, which are also usually paid by the two respective leagues.
Some of the concerned whistle-men, told Swazi Observer on condition of anonymity, that they had not been paid their outstanding claims.
“We do not know what is going on concerning our allowances. We were advised to submit the claims around 10 January, but nothing has come in so far. Currently we are struggling to meet our daily life’s needs due to the current covid-19 situation,” said one referee.
Another referee shared the same sentiments with his colleague, saying they were all owed their match allowances.
“We are starving as we haven’t received our claims from the Premier League. We were told we would be paid soon, but that has not happened,” he added.
Eswatini Referees Association Secretary Mbongeni Shongwe declined to comment on the allegations.
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By Ofhani Munyai