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MBABANE – Royal Leopard have already made two acquisitions ahead of the 2022/23 season.

This is after they signed two players in former Vovovo midfielder Simanga ‘Stina’ Masangane and central midfielder Vusi ’10 per cent’ Mavuso from Tambankulu Callies. This was confirmed by Leopard PRO Frank Hurube yesterday. ‘Stina’ recently got his first call-up to the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) bound national team, Sihlangu. “We have signed two midfielders in Stina and 10 per cent. They are good players and we believe they will add value to the team,” said Hurube. Asked on the finer details of the deals, Hurube said there were few loose ends that needed to be tied up. “What I can confirm right now is that they belong to us. We will discuss the terms on Friday when the technical bench presents their report for last season and plans for the new season. Usually we sign them for five years,” he said. He also confided to this publication that they were not done yet as they were looking to bolster the striking force.


“We need one more striker which we will use in Africa. We have good quality players but we need one top striker who will help us go past, through the group stages in the CAF Champions League,” he said. Asked on the news that they might release striker Thabiso Mokekoane, he said: “Like I said, we will meet on Friday to discuss these issues. Nothing so far has reached my desk in as far as the list of players to be released.” Callies PRO Mnotfo Dlamini confirmed that they had released ‘10 per cent’ to the police ensemble. “They approached us and we had talks and finally agreed to release the player to them. We could not stand in the player’s way, and he is good and we wish him all the best,” he said. Efforts to get comments from the two players were futile as when, called yesterday, they were not reached.

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