By Sibusiso Masilela
Mbabane Swallows have reportedly rejected their prodigal son Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze.
The former Polokwane City player intended to make a u -turn to the capital city giants after withdrawing his resignation letter.
However, his move has hit a snag after the Management Committee (MC) didn’t accept his move to re-join the team during a meeting held on Monday night. The former Manzini Wanderers and Denver Sundowns midfielder requested to withdraw his resignation from the club after failing to clinch a deal with rivals, Mbabane Highlanders.
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A source close to the matter revealed that the team has not changed its mind to sell the player.
“The MC rejected the player’s request to rejoin the team and they told him that they were still waiting for teams that are after his services to approach them. They made it clear that they won’t stand in his way once they get the best offer,” the source said.
Swallows Public Relations Officer (PRO) Knowledge Ngwenya said they were still in talks with the player.
“Nothing has been finalised concerning the future of the player as we are still engaging him over a way forward,” he said.
The skilful player is on the radar of cross-town rivals Mbabane Highlanders.
Swallows will take on National First Division newcomers Lozitha Spurs in the MoMo Cup semi-final on Sunday at Mavuso Sports Centre.
Highlanders were already negotiating the E100 000 transfer reportedly demanded by Swallows for the talented former South Africa’s Polokwane City and Jomo Cosmos player.