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WE DON’T CHASE AFTER PLAYERS - HURUBE

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MBABANE – Royal Leopard Public Relations Officer (PRO) Frank Hurube says the team does not go around chasing after players.

Hurube said they were confident that quality talent approached them instead. This statement was made after the publication reported last month that Malanti Chiefs attacking player Mxolisi Given Lukhele, had signed a pre-contract with Leopard and further joined the Mbabane giants on a three-year deal. According to a source close to the transfer, a potential transfer showdown between  Swallows and Royal appeared to be brewing, as highly-rated player Lukhele was reported to have signed a five-year deal with Leopard on March 18, 2024. While Lukhele was also reportedly to have signed a three-year deal with Umkhonto KaShaka, the player was apparently subject to a hefty transfer fee, as his current club, Malanti Chiefs, had reportedly put a price tag of E100 000 on him.

Clarify

“In order to further clarify the situation, I would like to highlight that we too were made aware of reports in the media suggesting that Mxolisi Given Lukhele had signed a contract with Mbabane Swallows, despite having previously signed a pre-contract with our club. While we believe that the player is entitled to make his own choice, we would like to reiterate that our club’s approach to recruitment is not based on actively pursuing players, but rather on creating a culture that appeals to top talent and thus attracts them to our organisation,” he said.
If there is any dispute regarding players’ contracts, a Player Status Committee is usually roped in to resolve the issue.

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