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    Swaziland suspends football matches after assassination of FA boss

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    The weekend assassination of Premier League of Swaziland chairman Victor Gamedze has led to the indefinite suspension all football matches in the country.

    Local media on Tuesday carried an announcement by Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Cruiser Ngcamphalala in which he also passed condolences on behalf of King Mswati III and the entire football fraternity.

    A former soccer player himself, Gamedze was also vice president of the National Football Association of Swaziland and owner of Mbabane Swallows Football Club.

    The businessman was shot twice at close range on Sunday evening while he was at a fuel station in Ezulwini, about eight kilometres from the capital Mbabane.

    His killers are still unknown but the filling station has released CCTV footage to the police, which details how he was shot as he was about to step into his car.

    In the footage, seen by APA, the killer is seen cocking a gun and pumping bullets into Gamedze, after which he fled the scene.

    According to police spokesperson Khulani Mamba, the police have found a silver grey Toyota Yaris that was abandoned about four kilometres away from the Lundzi border gate which Swaziland shares with South Africa.

    “The car was found by residents of the area on Monday morning and it had its registration plates stripped and warped, even though there is evidence that the plates bear a South Africa registration,” he said.

    Gamedze was also chairman of Swazi Mobile, a telecommunications company launched in 2017.

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