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EZULWINI - Unbelievable! Just when all hope looked dead for Eswatini International and former Mbabane Swallows goal poacher, Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa, there is now a flicker of light at the end of the long, dark tunnel.

He might have looked in disbelief himself, but as of yesterday afternoon, he is a Mbabane Highlanders striker. He was signed for E100 000 - that is signing-on fee. “We know he is suspended by people in South Africa but we have signed him for two years. We will pay him everything from signing-on, fee to monthly salary for two years regardless if he plays or not.

“We feel it’s proper to sign him as we believe as a big team we can’t let a player of his calibre just give up his career like that and we’re also doing it because he is a national asset,” Kgomongwe said when he spoke about the player in what was an emotional moment inside the team’s clubhouse at Goje Township. “He needs to be supported, motivated and given hope so, we’re doing just that for two years or forever. Who knows? Perhaps when the league opens he’ll play,” Kgomongwe said.

He explained that while it was true that Ndzinisa was still suspended, he would immediately make consultations when he got to South Africa to try and find means to help the player.


“We believe nothing cannot be undone. The suspension can be lifted but we’re saying we’ll try and we’ll keep Sikhali whatever happens,” he explained while adding that they have an ambition to return to Africa as well as win everything on offer in the country but that meant beating the forces teams first as the others were not much of a competition and further affirmed they parted with E100 000 as signing-on fee but because he wanted to help the player as a family man who had issues to work out too while he Hope’s for the best in his matter.

Ndzinisa was then unveiled and handed jersey number 11. Also in the ceremony was former Highlanders and former Swallows midfielder Xolani ‘Papi’ Sikhondze. The latter has been playing in Mozambique for Desportivo.

In his short as sneeze comment, Ndzinisa only said: “The big boss has spoken and I need not say more. He said that he’ll go do what he does in SA so that’s it,”

Meanwhile, Ndzinisa was found guilty of being a defaulter by the South African Football Association (SAFA) after Mbombela United’s neighbours TS Sporting protested in third first round match last year. TS had a contract with Ndzinisa before he signed for Mbombela. His club was docked 23 points and an appeal is said to be around E500 000. Meanwhile, Highlanders have also signed Siwakhile Shongwe from Pigg’s Peak’s Manchester United, Sibonginkhosi ‘Gudas’ Dlamini from Swallows and Siphosethu Mlotsa from Moneni Pirates.




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