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MBABANE – After six months of waiting, the football gods have finally put a smile on player Darren ‘Dazza’ Christie’s face.

This follows the ad hoc Players Status Committee headed by Magistrate Siphosini Dlamini declaring Christie a free agent.
The matter, which has dragged for over six months, saw the player being denied an opportunity to play for a team of his choice. He had intended to join Matsapha United after his three-year loan deal signed between Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Sundowns expired at the end of last season.

While Swallows claimed that Christie has a running contract with them, which was from August 20, 2013, ending in September 1, 2018, the committee concluded that there was no running contract between the player and Swallows.
 The ruling from the ad hoc Players’ Status Committee added that there should be no compensation given to either Mbabane Swallows or Manzini Sundowns on the player by any team which will want to sign him.


“This clearly shows that the applicant (Darren) at the time he concluded the contract of employment with Manzini Sundowns FC, he had no running contract with Mbabane Swallows FC.
‘‘It is in the summary of the aforegoing that the applicant (Darren) has on a balance of probabilities proved his case and the ad hoc Players’ Status Committee declares that applicant (Darren) is not contracted to either first or second respondent (M. Sundowns and M.

Swallows). Applicant (Darren) is free to join a team of his choice and there shall be no compensation due to either Swallows or Sundowns,” reads part of the verdict.  Sundowns requested to be recused from the matter in early December as they said they had cleared the player to Mbabane Swallows when the loan deal expired end of 2016/ 17 season.

Christie was signing one-year-contracts in the three seasons he stayed at Sundowns.


Before the matter went to the Players Status Committee, ‘Dazza’ was training with Matsapha United as he intended to join the newly-established club.

It is said after Sundowns had cleared the player to Mbabane Swallows, Christie approached the latter’s manager, Sandile Zwane, who instead of issuing the clearance, negotiated with the player to sign a new contract with them while at the same time claimed that the player had a five-year contract with the team ending September 1, 2018.

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