By Sibusiso Masilela
FORMER Mbabane Highlanders playmaker Tony ‘Ben 10’ Machacha’s move to cross-town rivals Mbabane Swallows looks uncertain. The South African player stopped training with the ‘Beautiful Birds’ last weekend before the recently ended Trade Fair Cup.
Machacha was shown the exit door by Highlanders together with Lesotho international player Tshwarelo Bereng and Banele ‘Stiga’ Ndzabandzaba who are in the books of Orbit College (South Africa) and Botswana Police XI respectively.
A source close to the matter revealed that the former ‘Ally Tigers’ has still not agreed to personal terms with the red-and-white glamour side. “The player is back home and he has still not signed a contract with Swallows. Swallows are still hoping to conclude the deal before the closing of the current transfer window,” the source said.
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Swallows Public Relations Officer (PRO) Knowledge Ngwenya said they were still in negotiations with several prospective players. We will announce our new signings once we have finalised our negotiations with our possible signings as part our transfer policy,” he said.
The Caleb Ngwenya-led side recently enlisted the services of another former Mbabane Highlanders international defender Aristo Tamuzi (DR Congo), ex-Nsingizini Hotspurs playmaker Mancoba ‘Nciba’ Vilakati and Ubombo Flyers attacking midfielder Ncomo Gina who all made their debuts during the Trade Fair Cup.
Other new signings include two Congolese strikers Dikuti Mbombo and Samba Orion who are both still waiting for their work permits ahead of their MTN Premier League opener against returnees Rangers at the King Sobhuza II Stadium on Saturday.
The crowd pullers recently suffered a 6-0 defeat against Green Mamba in the finals of the
revived knockout competition.