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FELIX, FIGUAREIDO JOIN SA’S TS GALAXY

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MBABANE – When one door closes, another one opens.


This is the case for Eswatini internationals  and relegated Mbombela United duo of Justice Figuareido and Felix ‘Fela’ Badenhorst, who have agreed terms with TS Galaxy under the directorship of Mpumalanga businessman and legal eagle Tim Sukazi.


The 2019 Nedbank Cup Champions, who heralded themselves onto the football scene with aplomb after shocking fallen Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the final on May 18 last year, have reportedly bought the status of Highlands Park for a sum of E60 million.


TS Galaxy will be campaigning in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) next season pending the final approval of the sale deal with Highlands Park by the PSL. According to a number of South African publications yesterday, the sale deal has been finalised.


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An informed source close to the deal of the two players told the Times Sports Desk that Figuareido has penned a three-year deal as he is a free agent, while Badenhorst’s deal is yet to be concluded as there are some few loose ends that have to be finalised with his current team Mbombela United.


“Figuareido is a free agent as his contract deal with Mbombela  United has elapsed and as a result he has already signed with TS Galaxy while for Felix, there is still talks behind the scenes with Mbombela United as he has one year remaining in his contract but Mbombela have indicated willingness to release him,” the source added.
One of the players, Badenhorst, said he could not comment until everything had been finalised.


The player’s deal is being handled by former Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Vice Chairman, Celani Shongwe, who was seen travelling to South Africa with the two players last Friday.


Reached for comment, one of the Highlands Park directors, Sinky Mnisi, could only confirm that the club status had been bought by TS Galaxy.
“I can’t talk about any players joining now, the club has been sold,” was Mnisi’s short-as-a-sneeze response when called last night.


The Eswatini internationals are among the five locals who were plying their trade with Mbombela United. Others are namely Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu and Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa, whose widely reported transfer wrangle saw the SAFA Arbitration Committee ruling that ‘Tingwenyama’ be deducted 23 points which then led to their relegation from the GladAfrica Championship. Ndzinisa was slapped with a two-year ban. Mbombela United have still not indicated if they will appeal against the SAFA Arbitration Committee ruling.

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