The National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS) issues a statement on the issues currently taking place in women football Pursuant to a meeting of the Executive Committee with six (6) women football clubs (Royal Leopards Ladies; Siteki Ladies; Mbekelweni Ladies; Lobamba Highlanders Ladies; Southern Divas; and Shiselweni Roses) at Sigwaca House on the 15th March 2018; the Executive Committee met to discuss all the issues presented by the women football clubs in question, in particular, their concerns around the events currently taking place at the Women Football Association. In this regard the Executive Committee hereby states the following:
- The Executive Committee have noted all the submissions and discussions made at the above stated meeting and is of the view that the same matters presented in the meeting had already been advanced at the High Court of the Kingdom of Swaziland wherein the six (6) women football clubs were cited as applicants, with the NFAS as respondents; to which responses were advanced by the NFAS, as respondents in the The High Court dismissed the matter with costs.
- The Executive Committee further noted that the women football clubs again referred the matter to Court undercover yet in another Certificate of Urgency; a matter which was eventually struck-off the roll. This was after the High Court determined that investigations be executed following a much publicized Court Order which was purported to have been in the possession of the women football clubs. Significant to note even at this instance, is that the NFAS was cited as respondents in the matter together with the Women Football Association (WFA). To this date, the results of the investigations are not known or have not been communicated to parties in the matter.
- The Executive Committee, on the highlight of these significant and legal developments, as above articulated, whilst the matter of the investigations is still being addressed by the court, wherein, too, the NFAS was cited as respondents and pending the results of the investigations, for the sake of appropriate order, the NFAS cannot deal with the matter, the matter being sub judicae.
- The concluding position of the NFAS on this matter therefore, is that whilst the matter is being addressed, pending the results of the investigations by the High Court, and for the continuance of football, the six (6) women football clubs (above stated) are advised and directed to immediately go back and participate in women football clubs’ competitions under the auspices of the WFA.