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MBABANE – A tiger is powerful, dynamic and tough.

These are some of the characteristics of a tiger, which is an animal that is regarded as one of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Former Manzini Wanderers and new Mbabane Swallows marquee signing possesses similar traits. The Times Sports Desk looks at the Mbabane Swallows squad depth in the middle of the park and highlights players who ‘Tiger’ will be competing with. Players he would compete with at Swallows are: 

Felix Badernhorst
The MTN leading scorer is Mbabane Swallows most lethal injection this season with 11 league goals after just 14 league games. Badernhorst is the first name that comes on the team list of Caleb  Ngwenya technical team and the arrival of ‘Tiger’ at Swallows won’t affect him.

Banele Sikhondze
Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze is a very skilful player with a heart of a lion. When he is on form, he is an ace. Dedicated, diminutive and digging many local teams with his splitting passes.

Papi Sikhondze
Players  like him are called roots. Roots are mostly invisible, not understood by many, yet they give sustenance and support for all plants. Just like roots, Papi does the biggest spade work.
He protects Swallows defence, cuts attack from opposition, starts attacks through winning balls.

Nhlanhla Ngwenya
He was signed from Ludzeludze Killers in the 2019/2020 season and Ngwenya has been getting more minutes into his game this season. Often used on the Swallows wings , he had moments of brilliance whenever he was given a chance to play. Has started two of the three games  in the  MTN Premier League.

Leon Manyisa
‘Chuster’, as he is fondly known, is a true definition of a modern day midfield maestros. The player has been a shadow of himself at Swallows and is yet to show why Swallows signed him. The arrival of a ‘tiger’ at Swallows should make one realise that he needs to work and win the supporter’s faith in him again. On his day, he possesses traits of being one player who any team can love to have in the MTN league.

Sizolwethu Shabalala
Forgotten star player ‘Nunu’ has only featured once in this season MTN Premier League  and since then has been recovering from an abdomen operation, which he did shortly after scoring in his first goal of the season against Young Buffalos. The enterprising winger will be affected by ‘Tiger’s presence because the former Wanderers midfielder can also play as a winger.

The signing of a player like the attacking midfielder at the Caleb Ngwenya-led side is definitely good news for the Swallows supporters and for the coach who is known to have a soft spot for younger players. The player gives Swallows coach Ngwenya more offensive options in the final third for the Birds. ‘Tiger’ is a versatile player who can play in the box to box role, which was played by Xolani ‘Papi’ Sikhondze in Swallows’ last game last week against Seven Dreams. The player gives Swallows choices also on the wings where Ayanda Gadlela has been playing regularly.

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