Harries Bulunga, coach of Swaziland
Friday Jun 10, 2016. 14:37
According to media reports in Swaziland, bonuses for the country's national team are yet to be paid following their 1-0 win over Guinea.
Isihlangu Semnikati beat Guinea on Sunday in a 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and it's reported that they are still waiting for their money.
The Times of Swaziland reports that Harries Bulunga's men had to travel to Namibia for the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup without having been given the E2000 win bonus each, for last Sunday’s win.
Insiders at the FA executive committee confided with the publication that this was caused by the delay in getting the first quarter allocation for the Sihlangu’s E8.7 Million grant from government.
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“The money has not yet been released when the team left for Namibia and the FA had to take money from alternative coffers within the organisation to cater for the COSAFA trip and preparations,” said a source.
"Part of the money was used to pay the players allowances for the games against Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Those payments were made about three weeks ago.”
The Swazi government is reported to have allocated E8.7 Million to Sihlangu during this financial year budget and the funds are distributed in quarters by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs to the National Football Association of Swaziland (NFAS).
Swaziland meet the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the opening match of the regional tournament at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.