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MBABANE – There is no place like home.

This adage holds true for South Africa-born striker Joseph Lekata and Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows Captain Sibusiso Mkhonta who are both set to make an emotional return to the ‘Black Bull’s kraal today. The duo is expected to join the club upon its return from South Africa where ‘Inkunzemnyama’ held a mini-camp and even got to play an international friendly against Ally’s Tigers last Saturday. Ally’s Tigers is a team owned by Mbabane Highlanders Managing Director (MD) Ally Kgomongwe and it is campaigning in the ABC Motsepe League, a third tier division in South Africa.


A source close to the matter said Highlanders were eager to bring back their former stars for the 2021/22 campaign. Highlanders has 14 players reported to be running out of contracts and some are expected to depart from the club giving way for the South Africa-born striker and Mkhonta. Lekata made an immediate impression at Highlanders when he netted a brace in the 2-0 win over Manzini Wanderers in the EswatiniTelecom Charity Cup in August, 2019. Highlanders had not won a trophy in nine years before the Charity Cup triumph. A source close to the matter confirmed that Lekata was due to arrive in the country with the club while Mkhonta will be joining them this week. “Lekata had a good season while playing in South Africa in the past season and he wants to come back as he feels he has unfinished business in local football. “The team looks ready to sign him back and he will be with forward Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa upfront,” he said.


The source revealed that after the relegation of Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows, their captain Mkhonta will be released back to his former club, Mbabane Highlanders. The source said the team wanted the player back after a season away with Pigg’s Peak Black Swallows. Mbabane Highlanders Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mandla Madonsela said they would announce their new signings once everything was confirmed and he cannot give a comment on these players. “The team is currently in South Africa and I am not aware of the players’ return to the club until the Management Committee says something,” he said. Highlanders finished fourth last season.

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