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OVER E60K BOOST FOR PIRATES

MBABANE – Despite a dry second round spell without salaries, Moneni Pirates players finally have something to smile about, as they will share E30 000.

The ‘Sea Robbers’ of Moneni players were reported to have last got salaries in January, courtesy of South African (SA) businesswoman Alinah More, who was unveiled as one of those to run the team in the past season. The club manager, Twoman Masuku, during the end of season party for the players held over the weekend at Moneni, announced that they would get bonuses. He said the club’s sponsors were able to raise E30 000 to be shared by the players, as well as the technical bench led by Coach Ikabort Masocha. “We are happy to announce that through the generosity of our sponsors, who raised E30 000 to be shared by the players, each player will get over E1 000,” Masuku announced.

Forked

It was established that Multipurpose Distributors forked out E20 000 towards incentivising the players. Multipurpose is one of the team’s major sponsors, which were on Sunday thanked along with other sponsors and shareholders for their support. The manager also revealed that their supporter, who is based in Ireland, Emmanuel Nxumalo, contributed E10 000, as well as Umbro-branded merchandise valued at E32 000.Meanwhile, Gentlemen Corner Boutique Director Nhlanhla Msweli also pledged a E3 000 voucher for the Player of the Season to buy clothes to that value at his shop. The player of the Season is yet to be announced by the club.The club’s Under-19 side was not left out as they were given E1 400, courtesy of Manzini South Member of Parliament (MP) Thandi Nxumalo and former player Nhlanhla ‘Madida’ Mabuza for winning 4-1 against Green Mamba on Sunday.

Reached for comment, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mbuso Hlophe said they were over the moon for the support they received from their stakeholders and sponsors. “We are very grateful to everyone, who pledged out towards the best interest of the team. “They have been with us through all spells, and we believe it will go a long way in motivating the players.
“They will, alongside the technical team, be proud to be associated with this brand,” Hlophe said.

Extended

He also extended a token of appreciation to individuals and companies who had invested in any local team. “Football is part of life and a language that is understood by everybody.
“We plead with companies not to distance themselves from teams because football is the only fertile ground at this age,” he added.

Expenses

Pirates, over the past season, spent about E820 000 in expenses of running the club.  Worth noting is that Pirates was not the only team which was affected by the issue of players’ salaries. Manzini Wanderers went through the whole season without affording to honour the player’s financial obligations of their contracts.