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By Bodwa Mbingo - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-08-Aug-2009

SOCCER – MBABANE Swallows are dangling a E20 000 signing-on fee carrot for Mbabane Highlanders want-away speedy striker Mfanfikile ‘Fash’ Ndzimandze whom they intend signing in the new season.

Besides the mouth-watering E20 000 signing-on-fee, the icing on top of the already sweet cake is that the player will also get a E1 500 monthly salary if he eventually pencils his signature with the ‘Beautiful Birds’. ‘Fash’ has already resigned from Highlanders and featured in a recent pre-season friendly game for Swallows.

According to reliable information gathered by this newspaper, all that’s left now is for talks between the two teams to be concluded before the player gets his dues. Forming part of the package for the player is that Swallows have reportedly offered to pay his school fees at Evelyn Baring High where he is doing Form IV. This excludes the match winning bonuses and training allowance he stands to receive from the team. Apparently, ‘Fash’ has found it difficult to turn down this offer and has already indicated to those close to him that nothing will change his mind about playing for Swallows this season.

Actually, the player declared to this publication that Highlanders should forget about changing his mind as he was determined to realise his wish to play for the fierce rivals. The only snag in the deal being concluded now is that Highlanders directors are standing by their stance that they will not release the player until he meets the team’s management committee (MC) over his resignation. This was made clear to this newspaper by the team’s directors’ Chairman Charles ‘Ace’ Jele who made it no secret that they were not impressed with the player’s attitude after accusing him of deliberately selling the team’s MC a dummy when efforts are being to meet him.

Efforts to trace comments from Jele hit a snag on Friday but sources close to Highlanders have revealed that the team will not take anything less than E60 000 for the player’s clearance.

Highlanders’ PRO Dumsani Sibandze explained that the player’s issue was being handled at directors’ level and admitted that the team had still not been granted their wish to meet him over his resignation. The player, on the other hand, pointed out that he was ready to meet with Highlanders’ MC anytime but insisted that it will not change his decision to move to Swallows. The player is expected to start training with Swallows when schools close soon.

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