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EZULWINI – Gone in sixty seconds!

The famous Nicholas Cage movie aptly describes Mbabane Highlanders marquee signing’s short-as-a-sneeze stay with the club. That is former Orlando Pirates and South Africa senior national team Bafana Bafana midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni. If one was to borrow from the thriller movie ‘Gone in Sixty seconds’, it would sound as ‘Gone in two games’ in Sangweni’s case. The talented midfielder, who had signed a six-month contract with Highlanders, is set to re-join his former team, DStv Premiership side, Chippa United, back in his home country.

He played nothing more than two matches for Highlanders and looked set to be a hit in the country’s MTN Premier League. He was a second half substitute in the opening match of the season 2020/21 against Royal Leopard, provided an assist for their second goal as they drew 2-all. He then started against Tambankulu Callies, where his two assists saw them win 2-1, Sabelo ‘Sawa’ Gamedze was the scorer.


“I don’t even know what to say. This is so huge for me and I want to thank Chief Ally and of course Chippa MD for talking this through as they have given me a big opportunity.
“Chief Ally is the reason I am where I am through Mbabane Highlanders. He trusted in me when I never thought I’d return to play football again. He took me in and I thank him, Highlanders, Baba Dlamini and my teammates there as well as all are involved in this (sic),” he emotionally said.

He said playing for Highlanders has given him a second chance at the top South African stage and he was ready to grab it with both hands. Sangweni has already left Eswatini and it is understood Highlanders released his clearance, which he got yesterday. He was yet to sign on the dotted line though even though the deal has been almost finalised between the two clubs and the player’s agent Ally Tlhoalele could not be reached at the time of going to press. However, it was established that Kgomongwe was working on the matter as opposed to his cousin agent.

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