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MBABANE – Mbombela City Lads Manager and Secretary Sicelo Vilakazi is worried about the increasing contractual issues among Eswatini players with South African teams.

He was responding to the contractual wrangle between their former goalkeeper Banele ‘Bravo’ Dlamini and his team Mbombela City Lads. The former Manzini Wanderers goal-minder claims that he was released by the team at the end of last season and was given his clearance. This, however, is disputed by both the team’s director Kholiwe Mbuyane and the secretary, Vilakazi. “Our fellow Swazis must know that football is a career and a business guided by laws. If this trend of botched transfers and squabbles continue, I assure you South African teams will be deterred to sign emaSwati. Which will be bad for Eswatini football,” Vilakazi warned. He confirmed that Banele was registered with them for the past season.  “He left before we could finish the season citing personal reasons and returned to Swaziland (Eswatini). He is still contracted to the team though,” he said. According to Vilakazi, the player will remain theirs until proper paperwork warranting his release is finalised. The secretary refuted what Banele said about a clearance being given to him.  


Meanwhile, Vilakazi believes that they must engage the player and iron out the issues amicably and receive the team’s blessings and so he would pursue his career elsewhere.  “As it stands, I foresee a lot of comebacks if these issues remain unresolved,’’ said Vilakazi. The secretary refuted the claims made by Dlamini that the team had been dissolved saying they only had turbulence of internal issues towards the end of last season, which affected the team’s performance that eventually led to the departure of their coach, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates player, Benson Mhlongo. “The team has since regrouped and we are into the 4th week of pre-season, looking forward to the start of the 2021/22 season,’’ he said.  He finally said even this season the teams would be divided into two streams in the ABC Motsepe league due to COVID-19.

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