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'BANNY' TO SEA BIRDS!

By SABELO GWEBU | 2021-10-16

SOCCER - ONE man's poison is another's food. Hardly two days after being released by Green Mamba, striker Banele 'Banny' Mdluli has found a new home at Manzini Sea Birds. Apparently, there was a standing agreement between the two teams that when Green Mamba finally release the player, his next destination will be Sea Birds.

'Banny', a former Sihlangu international started his career with Sea Birds before a short stint with Denver Sundowns and later Green Mamba. The speedy forward was released by the Caleb Ngwenya-led technical team on Tuesday alongside galloping forward Musa Dlamini, Mpendulo 'Lovers' Mamba and left back Thabiso Gumbi.

The reason given for their release was to allow the stars to regain match fitness after struggling with injuries in recent months. "I can confirm that we have an agreement with Green Mamba but one cannot say much until we iron out the deal with the current Green Mamba management," said Sea Birds boss Sicelo Mkhonta when reached yesterday.

In our exclusive story on Wednesday, Green Mamba Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mandla Sibiya confirmed the quartet had been released. The Correctional Services side also recalled Tambuti's Mcebo Mdluli and the duo of Muhle Shiba and Colani 'De Nice' Mngometulu from Malanti Chiefs among other players at the start of the pre-season.

Also recalled was youngster Mancoba Zwane from National First Division side Young Movers while defender Neliswa Nkambule was signed from relegated Mhlume Peacemakers. Green Mamba will begin the season with a tricky clash against Milling Hotspurs, a side that finished seventh on the MTN log standings last campaign. Sea Birds have a new coach in Christian Thwala who replaced Gcina Dlamini this pre-season.

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