The Premier League of Eswatini has confirmed: Premier league football will be back in action on December 12th 2020.
The fixture for the new season will be announced on or before December 1st, 2020, the office of the PLE has said.
The Premier League Chairman, Mark Carmichael, announced the news in a Special General Meeting held at the Happy Valley Hotel, on November 14, 2020.
This news has come as a relief to many as there were fears that football may not resume anytime soon because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Clubs were told to up their game and finalise registration in order to be ready on time.
Clubs were also promised that they will receive their participation fees from the MTN sponsorship package on or before December to assist and enhance the preparations.
“We know that clubs are struggling and the Covid has left its mark amongst clubs, however, live must go on. We urge clubs to try their best, and push to be ready for the new season. We have looked at the situation and considered a lot of things and we came to the conclusion that December 12, 2020, they league must start,” said the Chairman in the remarks.
It is now nine months since football activities were stopped because of the Covid-19 outbreak in March 3, 2020.
Both divisions, premier league and National First Division is expected to start on December 12, 2020, at venues yet to be announced.
The PLE is currently running around trying to put everything into place. Stadiums are being accessed, officials are being tested and oriented, rules of the game are amended to suit the current situation and are expected to be released soon.
Amongst other things discussed at the special general meeting and approved by clubs were the amendments of the constitution and the adoption of seven PLE policies and the strategic planning.
The Meeting also included a workshop on Football Corporate Governance which was presented by the Eswatini Football Association CEO Mr Frederick Mngomezulu whilst Khosiken Consultancy’s Kenneth Makhanya presented the PLE Strategic Plan 2020-2024.
Trainings on Covid 19 compliance are ongoing in preparedness for the resumption of the league, those being trained include Teams Doctors, Covid-19 Compliance Officers, Match Coordinators and Match Officials amongst others. All teams have been provided with Covid-19 PEPs to use during their trainings in readiness to kick start the 20202/21 season.