The Eswatini Football association (EFA) has rescheduled its member association’s general assemblies. This is due to the suspension of football competitions and activities countrywide, with competitions set to resume at a later date. “The EFA Member associations and Leagues are hereby informed that following the suspension of football competitions and activities countrywide, with competitions set to resume at a later date until their conclusion, a situation which also saw the extension of the 2019/2020 football season, the hosting of the Ordinary General Assemblies (OGA s) or Annual General Meeting (AGMs) for the EFA Members is deferred to the end of the extended 2019/2020 football season pending the review of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in August 2020” said the EFA circular.
This decision was based on the prevailing and/or prescribed COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the discharge of the normal and statutory business of the EFA Members during the COVID-19 pandemic period. “The COVID-19 health threat has remained precarious over this period and as such the EFA is mindful of the objectives of organizing OGAs where all affected members are able to extend and optimally discharge their statutory business”, read the circular.
The other reason for the postponement was because it won’t be possible to confirm the promotions and relegations due to the extension of the 2019/2020 football season. “The extension of the 2019/2020 football season has a substantial and statutory bearing on the promotion and relegation of football clubs. General Assembly business in a majority of the EFA Members statutorily involves amongst others the confirmations of promotions and relegations; and the primary outlay of the business of the preceding football season as well as the forthcoming football season”, the EFA said.
The third reason was based on the financial reports to be done by the EFA members to their affiliates which won’t be practical until the football season is concluded. “The statutory reporting and accountability of EFA members to their own members, including financial accountability, expected to be discharged at the business of the general assemblies, which is principally relies upon a football season being concluded”, the circular read.
The other reason was based on the review meeting of the EFA Executive Committee to be held in August. “The review meeting of the EFA Executive Committee in August 2020, which will provide a momentous direction on the discharge of the statutory and normal football business amid the persistent COVID-19 situation”, the circular read.
The last reason in the circular was on the fact that the COVID-19 situation was a force majeure. “The circumstance of the COVID-19 constitutes a situation of force majeure, and the EFA Executive Committee, in observance of the EFA Statutes, is statutorily tasked with the supreme authority in the implementation of measures under its auspice. This is implemented obviously in compliance with the dictates of FIFA and associated statutory provisions that relate to timelines of hosting and the business of OGAs of the EFA members are hereby accordingly waived”, the EFA concluded.