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MBABANE – ‘‘I’m already working with big teams in South Africa for his next move because he is not a local but international player.’’

For that, Mbabane Highlanders and senior national team Sihlangu Semnikati forward Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa will not be an easy target for most local teams. Beyond everything, Highlanders South African Director, Chief Ally Kgomongwe was succinctly clear yesterday about the interests which some top rivals have in the player. “He’s not for sale. I’m not selling ‘Sikhali’. I’m not desperate for money, even E3 million or E5 million is not enough for him. He’s my player who got dumped by everyone when he was down and nobody wanted to come close to him.


“I have bigger plans and a better life for him in South African football after he finishes the year left with us at Highlanders. ‘‘Teams here saw him play during Sihlangu games and would like to give him a chance here. Even then, I wouldn’t sell him to any team in Eswatini I’d rather have him work very close to me here in SA as he’s very positive, mature and always inspiring and performing upto his best of abilities. He’s me and his contract is personal with me,” Kgomongwe said. He insisted that there was no way they would release ‘Sikhali’ to their rivals in the country and for his value, which he did not mention, they would not afford to buy him out. “I still say, I read the newspapers there and I know he’s wanted by so many teams but he’s not going anywhere.


‘‘That’s a Highlanders player, my player. Money is not something I am after but the welfare of the player who is there because I am the director of Mbabane Highlanders,” Kgomongwe emphasised. He had confirmed his forward was attracting interest from rivals including Green Mamba who were reportedly out to buy him outright and Royal Leopard who had hoped to use him in their TOTALEnergies CAF Champions League 2021/22, in which they will start off against Zambia’s Zesco United at home on September 11, before the second leg away a week later in the preliminary round. Furthermore, his former club Mbabane Swallows has also been linked with the striker who finished the league with 19 goals, four short of top goalscorer Phiwayinkhosi ‘Slwabelwabe’ Dlamini of Young Buffaloes. Meanwhile, Kgomongwe said they would soon be preparing for the new season but he was currently planning a meeting with management and the patrons.


It is anticipated that the 2021/22 season will start next month. On another note, Kgomongwe stance on ‘Sikhali’ is mainly because the player had the misfortune of seeing his career almost brought to an end last year after he was handed a two-year ban by the South African Football Association (SAFA) Tribunal in absentia, while also relegating his then club, Mbombela United  after docking them 23 points. The forward and his team were found guilty of double-signing in that ‘Sikhali’ had also signed with TS Sporting who protested in their matches and won the case. It was Kgomongwe who collected all the pieces and successfully got them together and the player was back in the game but cannot return to South Africa until after another season in the country.
No immediate comment could be obtained from ‘Sikhali’.

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