Swallows FC have been offered Ndumiso Mabena from Royal AM but it appears the Dube Birds are not keen on roping the former Orlando Pirates striker in.
Chairman David Mogashoa confirmed to SABC Sport that although the veteran forward was proposed as part of the deal that would have seen Dillan Solomons, Khetukuthula Ndlovu and Ruzaigh Gamildien go the other way, their focus is instead on “reducing the average age of the squad.”
“We are not going to sign players that are soon heading into retirement and [will] only be here for one year. We want to rebuild and have a long-term plan,” Mogashoa said briefly.
SABC Sport reported last month that AM and Swallows had a club-to-club agreement on the trio, but Solomons wanted to join Kaizer Chiefs instead and has since penned a four-year contract at Naturena.
What had not been revealed until now was that Mabena was part of the discussions, subsequent to a figure of around R1.5-million being agreed on – so, the Dube Birds would have received a player plus cash.
However, the nature of the transaction has completely changed now that Solomons has refused to join AM and Swallows have also not confirmed they are taking up the offer to sign Mabena ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The Soweto outfit have also made their first signing since successfully defending their DStv Premiership status during the promotion and relegation playoffs last month.
The public broadcaster’s sports desk has established that Swallows have captured the signature of Golden Arrows midfielder Lindokuhle Mtshali and a few more will follow as soon as the club has held talks with coach Dylan Kerr over his future.
By Mazola Molefe