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MBABANE – Former Mbabane Swallows left-back Sanele Mkhweli is ready to join rivals Mbabane Highlanders.

Mkhweli was among the four players released by Mbabane Swallows a fortnight ago. The former TS Sporting and Manzini Wanderers defender is currently without a club, but offers are already coming in. Mkhweli could be the second player to join Highlanders from Swallows in the past two years. He will be joining his former teammate Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa if he finally signs for the black and white outfit.

The duo were part of the Mbabane Swallows team that made history by being the first team in the country to reach the group stages of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup between the period of 2016-18. A source close to the player indicated that there were a number of teams that are interested in the former national team, Sihlangu, player, but his interest is playing for Highlanders as one of the big teams in the country.

“Since he was released at Mbabane Swallows, there are a number of teams that want his services. At the moment he has not signed for any team and he is training on his own. He could be happy to join a club like Mbabane Highlanders,” said the source. The 30-year-old said he was ready to listen to any offer and he could give Highlanders first preference as they are a big club and it would be an honour for him. He said for now he was still considering his next move, but he wouldn’t mind wearing the famed black and white kit.

“Highlanders are a big team that have ambitions. I’m also not done with my football career as there is still a lot I can offer. Since my release at Swallows, I had been training and waiting for the right offer,” he said. Other players who have moved between the two traditional rival teams include Mfanufikile ‘Fash’ Ndzimandze, Zimbabwean Stanford Ncube, Menzi Sithole, Brian ‘British’ Sibandze and South Africa’s Vusumuzi Zungu among others.

Mkhweli was released by Swallows together with players Allen Mabuza, Simanga Shongwe and Nhlanhla ‘Jive’ Nkosi while Wonder ‘Samba Jive’ Nhleko joined the development structures of the club. Mbabane Highlanders Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mandla Madonsela said they were in the process of recruiting players for the team and if the technical bench wanted Mkhweli, they would go for him. “There is nothing official that has been done concerning the player, but we are still recruiting and assembling our squad,” he said.

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