Swallows chairman David Mogashoa has exclusively confirmed to SABC Sport that the club will be making drastic changes to their squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The Dube Birds will only register 25 senior team players instead of the bloated number of 40 from the previous campaign, which almost ended in relegation had it not been for the last-gasp win against AmaTuks in the final game of the promotion play-offs two weeks ago.
As earlier reported by SABC Sport, Swallows have already sold three players to Kaizer Chiefs – Dillan Solomons, George Matlou and Kamohelo Mahlatsi.
“From 40 players that we had last season, we are trimming down to 25 that are going to be hungry and fight for the badge, not for themselves. I believe if we trim down the squad we will be able to solve the problem,” Mogashoa explained.
According to the chairman, there were sponsors lined up and when that didn’t materialise, it meant the Dube Birds were operating on a tight budget.
“The biggest issue was that when we found out the sponsorship was not going to happen, we did not reduce the squad and we kept the same number of players, and it caught up with us,” he added.
“The job is already easy because we’ve got the trio that joined Chiefs, and then four players that we had a deal with Sundowns, who have a say on where they go.”
Mogashoa said squad changes would be announced next month, and the exit list includes Austin Muwowo, Monnapule Saleng (Orlando Pirates), Keletso Makgalwa, Grant Margeman, Katlego Mohamme and Jody February (all Mamelodi Sundowns), while Ruzaigh Gamildien is still expected to join Royal AM.
“Even though some of them might be permanent at Swallows, there’s a clause that we can’t move them without Sundowns’ consent. If we do, we must give Sundowns first preference.
“We have Keletso, Jody and Katlego Mohamme and Grant Magerman, that’s already gone to SuperSport United. The job becomes much easier and contracts are ending in June, so we don’t have to renew if we don’t want to renew,” Mogashoa concluded.
By Mazola Molefe