Football to finally return in Eswatini

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The wait is over for the resumption of football in Eswatini, as Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini announced that the government has lifted the ban on all sporting activities.

Football and other sporting codes were suspended seven months ago, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Dlamini made the announcement on Thursday during an Editors’ Forum Breakfast Meeting with Eswatini media editors.

“We are pleased to announce a gradual re-opening of organised, top-level football ac1tivities in the country with immediate effect,” said Dlamini.

“This decision has been made with full consideration of the unique obligations posed by international participation requirements. With the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers set to resume in November, the country is obligated to honour these games.

“Failure to do so would result in heavy fines as well as the subsequent suspension of various funding from both FIFA and CAF that drives much of the football development we see in the country,” he said.

Dlamini added that the games would be played under strict Covid-19 health guidelines which would be monitored by the Eswatini Football Association.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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