Eswatini Premier League await relief payment

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The Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) has been forced to wait for over a month for the second E540 000 batch payment from the Eswatini Football Association (EFA).

The money comes from the FIFA covid-19 Relief Fund that was distributed to its 211 member associations, including the EFA.

EFA further distributed the unexpected income from FIFA to its eight members, with the Premier League of Eswatini allocated E1 080 000.

The first batch of E540 000 was released last year November with the promise that the second payment will be made at the beginning of February.

It is expected that the PLE will settle owed referees allowances with E100 000 budgeted for it, E300 000 to be shared by the 30 teams to help them resume training while the rest will be for office operations.

National First Division clubs hit the jackpot in the first pay out of the relief money as each club pocketed E8 571.42, more than the average amount they make from gate takings.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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