PLS embrace CAF Club Licensing
In his closing remarks during the organisation’s retreat at Sibane Hotel this morning, Gamedze praised the NFAS for coming up with the club licensing, saying after the retreat all 24 teams understood its importance and needed to implement it.
“It is bringing positive ideas that will benefit clubs. At least I can say it is not a monster but a tool to help our football, but all 24 clubs must know that everything they learned from the retreat was not just for the PLS but for the clubs,” said Gamedze.
He thanked the consultants, who gave lessons on various topics, including corporate governance, marketing, communications and dealing with media. Such consultants included NFAS’ CEO Frederick Mngomezulu, Enziwe Dube, SEC’s Skhumbuzo Tsabedze and NFAS First Vice President Timothy Shongwe among others.
Gamedze said all the presentations were very positive and helpful such that as clubs they now had to find ways of gradually putting things to practice and stop looking for short-cuts when expert ways were there.
“Some of these things we’ve heard today (yesterday) are things we know but can’t implement them due to lack finances. In Swaziland you’re only a club chairman because you have money which means we sacrifice our family money,” he said.
Gamedze added that they were also grateful that independent consultants noted the PLS was short staffed and needed a brand or marketing manager as well as a PRO as some members of the Board of Governors were against it.
NFAS First Vice President Timothy Shongwe, delivering his speech in the same event, made it clear that the CAF Club Licensing was not imposed on teams.
He said they were not at the retreat to impose the licensing but to explain it to the clubs so they could understand it did not require much as perceived.
“FIFA is always looking at new ways to improve or develop football and the licensing was one positive way that would make a difference,” he said.