Mixed fortunes for Sangweni brothers

2010-07-31 00:00

THERE were mixed fortunes in the Sangweni household this week with one brother’s planned overseas move falling through, and the other set to leave on a plane for trials abroad.

First it was big brother Siyabonga, the Bafana Bafana and Lamontville Golden Arrows defender, whose intended trials with Maccabi Haifa didn’t materialise. According to Siyabonga’s agency, Prosport International, the Israeli club decided to sign an Argentine defender instead and there were delays in applying for a visa.

Meanwhile, Thamsanqa at AmaZulu had a frustrating time in Gauteng, where he camped for the whole week while waiting for his agent, Ryan Hartslief, to facilitate a trip to Greece.

The trip fell through, but a report on the Soccerladuma website yesterday said the 21-year-old midfielder had a last-minute reprieve, and was set to jet out for trials last night.

Hartslief told the website: “He’s going on trial and will be moving around Europe in the hopes of securing a move. This is done with the blessing of his coach [Manqoba Mngqithi] and AmaZulu. He’s young with a big future ahead of him, so we want to secure him an overseas move as soon as possible.”

Hartslief said Mamelodi Sundowns have also shown interest in the player, but they opted for “an overseas move before considering any local interest”.

Sangweni has been at AmaZulu for two-and-a-half seasons, with his contract coming to an end next season.

The defensive midfielder (21) said he has been taken aback by how things seem to have happened so fast for him after making his Premier Soccer League debut only last season.

Joining from SAB League side Dondota All Stars (the club owned by brother Siyabonga), Thamsanqa was being used as a replacement for Ghanaian Mohamed Awal-Issa, who transferred to the Serbian giants, Red Star Belgrade, last season.

Thamsanqa revealed that his brother has indicated he may turn out for one of Gauteng’s teams this season. “He’s currently in Durban, but not training with Arrows, despite still having a contract with them. He has made up his mind: an overseas team or a new local team, because he’s seeking new challenges,” he said.

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