RESIGN OR FORGET ELECTIONS

By | July 6, 2016

RESIGN OR FORGET ELECTIONS

MBABANE – The FA has since issued a directive on the election debacle between Vice President Mashumi and the Shiselweni FA.
Outgoing Chairman of the Shiselweni Regional Football Association (SRFA) Enos Vilane yesterday disclosed that they had received a directive from the National Football Association (NFAS) Executive Committee advising Shongwe to either step down from his current position at the FA or forget standing for the Shiselweni elections on Sunday.
Shongwe is a former Chairman of the SRFA and has been nominated alongside, among others, Vilane for the leadership of Shiselweni football in the next four years.
Vilane said as per the directive of the NFAS, Shongwe was not supposed to stand while he still held the vice-presidency at the FA. He stated that article 35.10 of the FA’s constitution bared Shongwe from standing if he still retained his position at the NFAS.
“We wrote to the FA seeking guidance on this issue and they informed us in writing that Mashumi was supposed to resign from the FA first if he wanted to stand for the regional elections. We have received no indication from him on what he intends to do, but the letter from the FA was clear. He also received a copy,” said Vilane.
He further stated that it was up to Shongwe to do the right thing as he knew exactly what he had to do in order to qualify for the elections.  “So far there is nothing we can do as he has been nominated by the teams, and by the look of things, and what we have read in the papers, he will be among the candidates on Sunday,” Vilane said.
Meanwhile, Shongwe was adamant, in an earlier interview with this newspaper, that he would not resign, and would also be joining the elections.  He said the Shiselweni teams had shown they wanted him back.
NFAS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu stated that as an association, they had addressed this matter, hence he had no desire to revisit it. He said all those involved had been contacted and they knew exactly what to do.
“It would be pointless for me to comment as this matter was addressed clearly from our side,” he said.
As per the FA’s directive, Shongwe was supposed to have resigned seven days before the elections, but up to now, three days before the elections, nothing has happened. The SRFA heads to the polls at the King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium hall on Sunday. There is a big chance Shongwe shall be disqualified from this election.
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