Mbabane Swallows FC’s midfielder, Banele “Pupu” Sikhondze and Tinyosi FC’s striker are the best players for December in the MTN Premier League and National 1st Division respectively. For his effort, the Mbabane Swallows FC gifted player was presented with a E5 000 cheque by the elite league sponsor whilst the Tinyosi FC striker got a cheque of E 1500. This is a third Mbabane Swallows FC player to win this award in the 2017/18 football season, which is a sign of consistency to the football club. The pevious winners were Sanele Mkhweli and Sandile Hlatjwako.
Speaking on behalf of the Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) was the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Petros Vilakati who acknowledged the sponsor for incentivising the players as it motivates them to put more effort. “As PLS we would like to acknowledge MTN for such initiatives as they motivate the players “, he said. The MTN Swaziland Brand and sponsorships Manager, Mr. Meshack Maseko congratulated the players for their achievements and highlighted that this is part of the late PLS Chairman, Mr. Victor Gamedze’s vision to uplift the lives of the players through such incentives. “Such incentives are the late PLS’s Chairman’s vision to improve the lives of players”, he said. He also encouraged other players to work hard in order to be the next winners. Finally, he invited football fans to be part of the Y’ello Sunday football festival this weekend as the MTN Premier League matches continues.
Banele Sikhondze expressed his delight for this award and also thanked his colleagues for the support. “I am delighted about this award and I also thank my teammates for their support as football is a team sport”, said the player whose teammates also call to him as FIFA due to his football artistry. Maswazi Dlamini thanked the Tinyosi FC family for the support. “I would like to thank the Tinyosi FC family for the support”, he said. Both players promised to continue doing the good work in the field of play.