By Linda Dlamini
Top eSwatini Premier League side Moneni Pirates took advantage of March being the International Women’s month by appointing the first ever woman as the club’s CEO.
Pirates Director Nqobizitha Mlilo, a Zimbabwean advocate based in South Africa, announced this week that Nqobile Sthole would henceforth become the club’s CEO, making her the first female Premier League CEO in the history of Swazi football.
This ground breaking announcement follows almost a year after crack Tanzanian side Simba, had also appointed Barbara Gonzales as their CEO, a position she has held with distinction and where she had excelled and taken the brand to a different level.
Gonzales has already met global brands like Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Zamalek, Al Ahly, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Amsterdam to share notes and learn how they operate in order to implement their structures in the Simba set-up.
Now this seems to be the trend as Nqobile is also quite a familiar figure amongst football fanatics in the kingdom and at one stage played for the senior national team popularly known as Sitsebe and also captained Umchachas FC for over five years.
This is a welcome development indeed as Eswatini has had very few female administrators in the past with the late Busi Dlamini, mother to former Jomo Cosmos striker Phinda Dlamini, acting for a considerable period as Director of Zwicle FC, a first division team in the mountain kingdom.