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'˜King Tchaku' back for Birds

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MBABANE – In what will surely sound like sweet melody to the ears of the Mbabane Swallows faithful, industrious midfielder Jocial Tchakunda returns on Tuesday.

The workaholic Cameroonian midfielder has already missed about four of his team’s MTN League matches after leaving the country to sort out personal matters in South Africa. Although the MTN League defending champions and league leaders did not lose any game in his absence, he was greatly missed by the Mbabane giants.

Team assistant coach, Siyabonga Bhembe confirmed the latest development yesterday shortly after taking the players through their paces at the Prince of Wales.

"We are obviously happy as a team that he is returning. This is not to suggest though that the other players are not capable but at Swallows every player has a role. He will have to come back and fight for his place in the starting line-up.

"No player is guaranteed a starting berth at Swallows, so naturally we will also have to look at him and see how his condition is before throwing him into the fray," he said.


The Cameroonian player, who joined Swallows midway through last season struggled at first to convince he had what it takes but soon established himself as a key member in the title-winning squads last season.

He will have to fight for his place against the vastly improved Phinda Ginindza, who has thrived in the player’s absence and against lanky anchorman Felix Badenhorst and Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu in the star studded Swallows midfield.

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