By Melusi Mlotsa | 2022-06-23
SOCCER - He is a striker in huge demand.
The race for the signature of Mbabane Highlanders striker, Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa has taken an interesting turn after it emerged that 2021/22 MTN Premier League champions Royal Leopard are after the signature of free-scoring striker.
Sources close to the matter have confided that the police service giants are dangling a life-time offer for the Sihlangu forward, days after Mbabane Swallows also reportedly offer a lucrative contract for the talented former Mbombela United striker.
Ndzinisa, who finished as runner-up to Young Buffaloes’ attacking winger Sandile ‘Saviola’ Gamedze in the top scorers’ chart last season, is expected to make a decision on his future after the 2022 COSAFA Cup that will be staged in Durban, South Africa, from July 5-17.
“Leopard are in serious talks with the player with the hope of registering him for the CAF Champions League.
“They have tabled a very tempting offer but for now it is a wait and see situation,” a source closer to the police side said.
Efforts to get a comment from Leopard’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frank Hurube failed but the club’s Manager Richard ‘Danka’ Fakudze did not deny their interest in ‘Sikhali,’ saying they were in talks with the player’s agent.
“I know that many teams are after the player and we are one of them. In fact, we have been chasing his signature for the past two seasons and he is a good striker without a doubt.
“We are speaking directly to the player’s agent. Maybe, he’s the one who can give you a clear picture about the future,” the former Sihlangu manager said.
Ndzinisa has been a revelation in the black and white colours of Highlanders since joining them last season, scoring a number of crucial goals that have helped the club qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup after finishing second behind Leopard in the past season’s championship race.
He is also among the nominees for the MTN Premier League Player of the Season award alongside the likes of Leopard’s Junior Magagula and Swallows’ Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze.
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