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MBABANE – Even before playing the first official game for his South African team, Polokwane City, former Mbabane Swallows midfielder, Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, truly feels at home.

Sikhondze has reunited with his former coach at FC Cape Town, Slovakian Jozef Vukusic, who has been appointed new coach at the Polokwane-based outfit, replacing Bernard Molekwa.

Vukusic coached FC Cape Town in the National First Division from 2010 to 2012 where ‘jersey number 11’ was plying his trade before making a swift return to Eswatini after a short stint.

Interviewed after his first training session with ‘Rise and Shine’ yesterday, Sikhondze said he is delighted to re-unite with his former coach who knows his playing style.

“I feel at home already knowing I will be playing under a coach who knows me. He is a very knowledgeable coach and mine is just to work extra hard because I am here to make a name for myself and also help the team to greater heights,” Sikhondze said.

He said he was happy with the treatment he has been given by the club management since he arrived over the past weekend.
“The atmosphere is good and the players welcomed me well. I already feel at home and yes, it is just preseason training for now,” he added.
Sikhondze left the country on Saturday and has been booked at Limpopo Guest Manor while the club searches a house for him. He has teamed with his former Swallows teammate, Mike Mohammed who has joined from Free State Stars.
Sikhondze is set to make his official debut for ‘Rise and Shine’ in the Limpopo derby against Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday, 4 August at 6pm.

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