By Lwazi Dlamini
Flamboyant Mbabane Highlanders Managing Director Chief Ally Kgomongwe is ready to take on the Premier League of Eswatini on the charges that have been preferred against him.
Kgomongwe was due to appear before the Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday evening, but he has written an urgent letter to the PLE requesting a postponement to Friday, November 3, 2023. The South African businessman has been charged by the PLE for bringing the organization into disrepute for utterances he made on a live post on Mbabane Highlanders Facebook page.
According to the letter where both Kgomongwe and Highlanders have been charged, the PLE stated that the Pretoria-based director has issued a misleading statement that the ‘Black Bull’ was being treated unfairly by the PLE by failing to release money due to it.
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On Monday, Kgomongwe told Eswatini Daily News (EDN) that he could not be intimidated and was ready to face the PLE. “I don’t even need anyone to represent me, I will be there myself. I will face Makhanya and them. How can you charge someone for demanding what is due to him? If anything, they should pay Highlanders’ money with interest and penalties,” Kgomongwe said.
He revealed that the PLE owes them about E85 000 which was money withheld from the inaugural MoMo Cup prize monies after being charged for having damaged the Somhlolo National Stadium synthetic track after the team bus picked players from inside the stadium due to irate club fans having milled around the dressing room following a semi-final penalty loss to Moneni Pirates on October 30, 2022.
Kgomongwe said he has held several meetings with PLE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kenneth Makhanya where he raised his concerns about the non-payment of the club money by the organization. “What must we do? Keep quiet when they have withheld money due to us? The PLE should be helping teams survive, not to kill them. I am ready to face them,” he stressed.
The letter, dated October 19, inviting Highlanders and Kgomongwe to the formal disciplinary hearing was signed by the PLE CEO, Kenneth Makhanya.