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MBABANE – Eswatini international Lindo Mkhonta has excelled in his debut away in Zambia.

The Sihlangu captain and former Young Buffaloes captain made his debut on Saturday afternoon when Zesco United took on Green Eagles. The veteran, who was given jersey 25, started the game in his normal position as a right-back.  The game was abandoned five minutes before the hour mark at Zesco’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium due to a heavy downpour on Saturday. At the stoppage time, he had already risen to the occasion by providing an assist of the first goal. Chanda Mukuka broke the deadlock two minutes into the game. The nine-time Zambian Super League champions ended up winning the match 3-0 after it was continued yesterday morning. They jumped from the 11th to eighth spot in the Zambia Super League, just 12 points adrift of log leaders Power Dynamos.  

Late last month, it was reported that Mkhonta (32) had secured a deal in Zambia. The deal is said to be over E200 000. He reportedly put pen to paper in a deal that will see him spend three years at  the top Zambian outfit, Zesco United, just three days before the closing of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) transfer window period. While he is not the only local star to play outside the country in recent times, he is the first to come from the army side’s history. Mkhonta was their captain and trusted right back even at senior national team Sihlangu ahead of this breakthrough, which means he must also take a three-year unpaid leave from his employment in the army.


That is what former Royal Leopard winger Bonginkosi ‘Manyovu’ Dlamini did when he was signed for two years by Angola’s Sagrada’s Esperanca last January, in a deal that was cut short a few months later. Mkhonta is the second Eswatini international after Justice Figuareido, who is with South Africa’s Cape Town All Stars in the second tier league. The most recent internationals who, however, returned home in 2020 are former Mbombela United and TS Sporting stars Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, Felix Badenhorst (rejoined Mbabane Swallows), Banele ‘Stiga’ Ndzabandzaba (joined Mbabane Highlanders) and Sanele Mkhweli (joined Highlanders last season before being offloaded this season) as well as Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndziniza, who spent two seasons with Highlanders then joined Green Mamba this season.

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