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MBABANE – Former South Africa’s GladAfrica side Mbombela United attacking midfielder Nkosinathi ‘Smally’ Fakude is set to join Mbabane Highlanders.

Fakude is currently the only noticeable new foreign player training at the black and white ensemble’s training venue in Ezulwini. “He was strongly recommended by his former teammate and team captain Sikhali as they played together at Mbombela United so we’ll have him as one of the foreign players to join us. He’s already with the team so we now have Mashaba and him,” the soon-to-be company registered Highlanders’ South African Director Chief Ally Kgomongwe said yesterday.


He said he was also expecting to know from his agents what quality of players they would give him as he was looking for young and hungry players. “We recognised two players from Tigers during the club’s camp here in Pretoria so they’ll be coming down to Eswatini before long. We have ‘Ben 10’, a quality winger and midfielder and then also our best defender called ‘GP’ is also joining us in Eswatini,” Kgomongwe said.


He explained that with these players, they would only need to get a good strike partner from last season’s top scorer in the club and second in the MTN Premier League, Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa then they would be good to go this season. Kgomongwe was responding to news that the league could resume this weekend and his team faces Young Buffaloes. Unfortunately, the Tigers’ players’ real names had not been confirmed by yesterday evening. Meanwhile, the club’s head coach, Ernest Mavuso said he was currently working with the players he had at training and would not want to reveal new names as those still belonged to other teams.


“The team is preparing continually and we know the magnitude of the first game of the season. They won the last meeting against us but it was a game that could have gone to either side. This is a new season and a new game altogether,” he said while asking not to commit himself on new players until they were signed. His counterpart Sabelo Mnisi said he could only comment once he had seen the official fixture as much as he was aware from the media that the league was set to resume this weekend.

Meanwhile, Fakude was signed by Mbombela in 2018 from Emhlangeni Sports Academy aged 18 years in a deal that was to last five years before they were relegated last year after losing a case involving Sikhali. The latter was found guilty for signing with two teams, the other being TS Sporting in the same league.

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