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‘PAPI’ AWAITS MINISTER’S GREEN LIGHT

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MBABANE – Eswatini international Colani ‘Papi’ Sikhondze will only take to the field once Mozambique’s minister of Sports gives the green light.
The minister will approve if the Mozambican Football Championship is to restart in September.


According to the former Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers defensive midfielder, the Mozambican Football Federation will have to agree with the legislator for the season to restart.


“The league will start in September, which means we will start training next month (August) if they agree with the minister of sports,” said the player.
The Desportivo de Maputo player is an elder brother to another Eswatini international, Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, who is currently with GladAfrica Championship side Mbombela United.


Indoors


The player has been indoors in adherence to government and health experts’ prevention measures after the outbreak of coronavirus that forced a stop of the Mozambican football about four months ago.
Meanwhile, Desportivo de Maputo has tabled a new three-year deal for the player following an impressive showing last season.


He had been initially offered a one-year contract with the Portuguese-speaking nation side that ended in June 2020.
Despite being a defensive midfielder, he had found the back of the net once through a header for his team when they beat Baía de Pemba 1-0.
Defensively, he has been rock-solid in his short spell to help the Mozambique capital city outfit.


Prove


The management needs nothing more for him to prove his worth and are determined to see him stay with them for three more years after his contract expired in June.


‘Papi’ and ‘Pupu’ have been taking advantage of the break to spend quality time and train together to keep fit and healthy.
In a video clip shared by ‘Papi’, the brothers were seen taking their paces at an open field sweating it out as they exercised together and kept the required social distance.


According to the gifted player, the Mozambique elite league had been put on hold and teams given an extension after the initially imposed break due to the spread of the coronavirus.


“The league has been stopped for a month here due to the threat of the coronavirus,” said the player.
‘Papi’ added that he currently ensured that he stayed indoors as per the government’s recommendations for safety measures.

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