Sangweni could be lost to Arrows

2010-07-13 00:00

AS Lamontville Golden Arrows players assembled for pre-season training yesterday in Durban, Bafana Bafana defender Siyabonga Sangweni was the noticeable absentee.

This has further fuelled speculation that he could be lost to Arrows as he is set to pursue his career overseas or could be snatched by one of the local giant clubs.

A consistent performer since joining ‘Abafana Besithende’ from National First Division side Uthukela FC (now known as Nathi Lions) three seasons ago, Sangweni (28) looked destined for bigger things, despite joining the professional ranks late in his career.

After being overlooked by national team selectors for bizarre reasons, Sangweni’s dedication finally paid off when he made the Bafana squad for the World Cup.

Though he did not make an appearance at the showpiece, Sangweni looks to have done enough to impress the suitors.

He has earned nine caps and has a single goal, which came in the friendly against Bulgaria at Soccer City ahead of the World Cup.

Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala was recently quoted as confirming that the club’s two stars, Sangweni and Bafana Bafana team-mate, defensive midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni, have attracted interest overseas.

The players’ agency, Prosport International, also confirmed the news and are understood to be working around the clock to ensure that the intended moves for the players do materialise.

Mike Makaab of the agency could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Contacted for comment last night, Sangweni said, “I am still at home [Empangeni] … impatiently waiting to hear from my agent about my destination.”

The departure of key Arrows players seems to be a trend before the start of the season.

They have already lost striker Richard Henyekane to Mamelodi Sundowns, who boast other former Arrows members, midfielder Papi Zothwane and striker Mabhuti Khenyeza.

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