Nelson Mandela Bay outfit Chippa United has denied claims that they had signed former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns anchor Thami Sangweni from eSwatini side Mbabane Highlanders.
“I’ve received a lot of calls from people enquiring about whether it was true that we had signed Thami Sangweni,” said spokesman Sisa Majola. “I particularly received enquiries from eSwatini and quite frankly I do not know where those rumors emanate from.
“I can safely inform you that we have not signed the player, and that is a fact,” added Majola.
The Times of eSwatini quoted Sangweni saying that he was grateful to the chairmen of both Mbabane Highlanders and Chippa United for giving him this opportunity which he hoped to grab with both arms.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Sangweni said as quoted by the Times of Swaziland which added that he had already bid all the Mbabane Highlanders players goodbye.
“This is so huge for me and I want to thank Chief Ally (Kgomongwe – Highlanders) and of course Chippa MD (Chippa Mpengesi) for talking this through as they have given me a big opportunity,” reported the Times of Swaziland.
Sangweni spent the better part of last year club hunting until reports emerged recently that he had signed for GladAfrica log leaders Sekhukhuni United. But the ink had hardly dried on the contract when the deal was canceled due to a dispute with his representatives.
Two football agents claimed to be representing the player and eventually the deal was scuppered. He then moved to Venda where he appeared on the verge of signing for Tshakuma, but changed his mind and instead headed for Mbabane Highlanders in eSwatini during November.
He featured in two Premier League matches for Highlanders and even eSwatini media hailed him as a marquis signing by the black and white as he easily proved his class which elicited a lot of excitement from the club’s followers.
But in an interview with Safari TV in Kenya over the weekend, Highlanders South African boss – Chief Ally Kgomongwe – revealed that Sangweni had left Mbabane and rejoined his former side Chippa United, adding they would miss him as he had been an asset.
Kgomongwe also revealed that Highlanders had moved swiftly to fill up the foreign slot that Sangweni opened up by signing Ghanaian striker Johnson Mensah.