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‘BEYOND 2000’ INSISTS ON LEAVING

MBABANE – It seems like Mbabane Swallows will lose one of their key assets sooner than late.

This is if the words of Umkhonto KaShaka General Manager (GM) Sandile ‘Beyond 2000’ Zwane of stepping down from the team are true. The most decorated football administrator in Eswatini soccer has been hinting on leaving the team that he has served for decades now for an administration post either at the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) or Eswatini Football Association (EFA).

Zwane graduated from being Umkhonto KaShaka’s first choice goalkeeper to the management structure under the stewardship of the slain Chairman Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze. His good work as Swallows manager saw him at one time managing the senior national team Sihlangu, during the reign of now Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Madze Bulunga.  ‘Beyond 2000’ was recently quoted on national radio, the Eswatini Broadcasting and Information Services (EBIS) revealing that he was ready to step down as Swallows GM.

“It is my wish that I leave the team to add my experience to the Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) or the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), to help improve soccer in the country as my good job at Swallows is there for all to see,” Zwane was quoted. He revealed that according to his plans, the 2022/23 season should have been his last at club level football administration, to join the PLE or EFA to help improve the standard of the sport with the vast experience I have from Swallows,” he said.

He once again insisted his desire to leave one of the kingdom’s successful side on EBIS’s Sports Show yesterday. The seasoned football administrator said his biggest wish was to leave the team one day and climb the ladder in his football administration career, but with the current situation in the club, his move would not be wise. “It will be like I created challenges and ran away from them, but it is my wish that one day I eventually leave the club,” Zwane said. He, however, highlighted that for now that move would be put on hold, until someone else took charge of Swallows or until the Lukhele issue was resolved.