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MBABANE – MTN Premier League defending champions Royal Leopard look determined to turn the corner.

The police side are currently perched on an unusual 10th spot with 15 points collected from 14 games. Fresh reports suggest that they have already released Ghanaian-born prolific striker Richard Arthur and are replacing him with another import. Arthur was one of the most valuable and decorated foreign assets to play in the domestic league. He made his debut on October 2, 2022 for Ingwe, as Leopard are known, against Manzini Sea Birds.  However, his performance let him down as it did not please his employers; hence he was released just after almost two months in the team. “It’s been some time now since Arthur left the team. I might not recall the exact date but we released him immediately after our CAF campaign. After evaluating his performance, we felt that we can let him go,” Leopard Public Relations Officer (PRO) Frank Hurube confirmed his departure. They bowed out of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in November when they were edged by Mali’s big guns Real Bamako on a 4-2 aggregate score. This was during the CAF cup play-offs.


However, as possible replacement for Arthur, a well-informed source has also revealed striker Thabiso Monkenkoane  is back with the side. The former Mbabane Swallows and Highlanders striker left the police side at the end of last season. According to the source, the parties agreed terms and the player started training with the police side yesterday. The finer details of deal could not be established. In the meantime, the only foreign star at the police side is South Africa-born defender Thami Zulu. In Hurube’s words, they were yet to consult with the technical bench led by Coach Edwin Matsebula after the player approached them and expressed his desire of donning the blue and white outfit again. “Yes, Thabiso is back from where he was. He has come to the team and informed us about his availability. In actual sense, he is our player because we had no issues when he left and it’s now when he feels like returning home. I can’t deny those talks although they have not finalised yet. We’re still to get the technical bench’s view on his matter and if they want him, we’ll definitely register him,” Hurube said.

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