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MBABANE – It is costing giants Mbabane Swallows up to E100 000 to lure sturdy Tambuti defender Siboniso Ndzabandzaba into their ‘nest’.

The former Sihlangu defender is said to be on his way to the capital city giants and is expected to be registered for the CAF Champions League campaign. Classified information leaked to this publication revealed that Swallows were expected to deposit E50 000 for the player before the end of the week and would pay the balance at a later stage.

“The agreement was that Swallows should pay the deposit first before the player could join,” said a source close to the player.
Tambuti PRO Nathi Dlamini said nothing official about the transfer had reached his office. Team Director Rudolph Matsenjwa surprisingly distanced the club from the reports, saying he was not aware of an interest from the League champions.

Swallows General Manager Sandile Zwane’s phone repeatedly rang unanswered when sought for comment. He was yet to respond to a text message sent to his phone by 7:11pm last night. However, in a recent interview with this publication, he had insisted on announcing transfers in a press conference in due course.

Ndzabandzaba is one of the key players at the Lubombo-based ensemble. He was rewarded with a call- up to the national side in the past year after bringing stability at the back.

Following the latest developments, Ndzabandzaba could become the second player from Tambuti to don Swallows’ famed red and white jersey. In the past year, the Thabo ‘Koki’ Vilakati-led ensemble had temporarily brought on board midfielder Gabriel Goshen for the CAF Confederation Cup.

Meanwhile, Manzini Wanderers talisman, Aladeon Kola, who is currently back home in Nigeria, is among the incoming players at back-to-back league champions. Wanderers are currently trying to tighten their grip on Kola, but his agent, Charles Matsebula, insists he is headed to Swallows to help them in their CAF campaign.

The red and white ensemble will resume their training on Monday ahead of next month’s showdown with Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in a CAF Champions League match. The Group D top-of-the-table clash will be played at Mavuso Sports Centre on July 17.

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