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BULL ’KEEPER, EX-BIRDS STARS AT WESLIANS

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LOBAMBA – Hub giants Manzini Wanderers will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the new season.

The maroon and white outfit, which released 13 players this week, are beefing up their squad ahead of the 2020/21 season set to kick-off on December 12. The team is currently training with a number of former Mbabane Swallows players, who include South Africa’s Siphamandla Dhlamini, Richard McCreesh, Siboniso Ndzabandzaba and Mcedisi ‘Mphoto’ Dlamini. There are also Mbabane Highlanders players training with the hub side and they include goalkeeper Mxolisi Dlamini and Jimoh Moses.

Other players at the ‘Weslians’ training camp include Moneni Pirates and Sihlangu left-back Mthunzi ‘Chippa’ Motsa and Malanti Chiefs’ Lindokuhle ‘Ntolo’ Fakudze.

Wanderers had started their preparations for the new season and were yesterday training and having a practice match with the national team Under-20s at the country’s soccer mecca, Somhlolo National Stadium, ,under the watchful eye of head coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe.

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There are also a number of other new players, including expatriate players who are training with Wanderers to try their luck. The head coach is impressed with what he sees from the team since they started training a few days ago.

“Today we are having a practice match with the Under-20s and we started training this past Thursday at the Trade Fair Sports Ground,” said Hlophe. He highlighted that they have already signed a number of the players who had started training with the team while they were finalising the signing of others. “Judging from what I have seen in the few days since we started training, I can assure supporters that this season we will be competing,” said the coach. Expatriate players who are trying their luck with the hub side include those who come from South Africa, Chad and DR Congo. Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mlungisi Ndzinisa, who was also present at the training session, said their target, as mandated by directors, was to win all trophies this coming season and go to compete in Africa. “We are still expecting some players from South Africa to come with our directors,” he said.

Ndzinisa disclosed that they have a technical sponsor from outside the country which their directors acquired for the team.

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