Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Mthunzi Maziya

- Five months be­fore they even go to the polls, the Shis­el­weni Re­gional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SRFA) elec­tions seem to be headed for dis­as­ter as for­mer Chair­man Mashumi Shongwe has vowed to chal­lenge them.

In a wide rang­ing in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Shongwe said he won all his bat­tles in court against the Eswa­tini Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (EFA), and for that rea­son, ex­pected the EFA to in­stall him and the com­mit­tee elected in 2016 as the right­ful lead­er­ship of the SRFA. He said there was no need to or­der new elec­tions.

Shongwe em­pha­sised that the EFA must do the right thing by hand­ing over the keys to the SRFA of­fices to him.

“We won the elec­tions fair and square. I do not un­der­stand why they want to stage new elec­tions, be­cause we are sup­posed to serve a four year term. The courts ruled on that, and we are not quiet be­cause we do not know what to do. We want to give them the chance to do the right thing,” he said.

Shongwe added that the EFA il­le­gally stopped a right­fully elected com­mit­tee from as­sum­ing of­fice, and they would not re­lent in their quest for jus­tice. “Their ap­peal failed at the Supreme Court. That is the last stage of ap­peals in the coun­try. The courts found noth­ing wrong with the 2016 elec­tions, and we de­mand jus­tice,” he said.

SRFA’s Nor­mal­i­sa­tion Com­mit­tee’s Sec­re­tary Jab­u­lani Dlamini could only


con­firm that the elec­tions are billed for June. He would not com­ment on the shenani­gans sur­round­ing the process, re­fer­ring all en­quiries to the EFA. The EFA’s Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Muzi Radebe, in the ab­sence of CEO Fred­er­ick Mn­gomezulu, and the Pres­i­dent Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa, said his of­fice had not yet re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence about the SRFA elec­tions.

He said un­til that hap­pens, it would be dif­fi­cult for him to com­ment.

Mean­while, Shongwe added that his ban by the EFA elapsed when it was ruled il­le­gal by the courts a long time ago. He said he par­tic­i­pated in the EFA’s elec­tions in 2017 be­cause his ban car­ried no force, adding that he was at lib­erty to do any­thing he wanted, in­clud­ing tak­ing part in the up­com­ing elec­tions and chal­leng­ing them if he loses.

“I will con­tinue to urge them to do the right thing, be­cause un­til they do so, they are flout­ing the rules. The EFA must re­spect the rule of law,” he said.

SRFA’s af­fil­i­ates are ex­pected to have sub­mit­ted their nom­i­na­tion forms by the end of March. Given Shongwe’s popularity in the re­gion, it is highly likely that he will be nom­i­nated again.

VOWED: Chair­man ‘Mashumi’ Shongwe.

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