Birds stars could fly the coop
WITH the possibility that Moroka Swallows might lose coach Gordon Igesund to Bafana Bafana, several players might also fly out of the Birds' aviary to play in China.
Sowetan has learnt that Chinese soccer giants and big spenders Shanghai Shenhua have expressed interest in some of the Swallows players.
The players reportedly on the wanted list of Shenhua include David Mathebula, Luvhengo Mungomeni and captain Lefa Tsutsulupa.
This was after Swallows took part in the Shanghai Football Association's International Soccer Cup in China last week.
Shenhua are expected to sign Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba after he announced his departure from English Premier League club Chelsea.
Besides Nikolas Anelka, Shenhua have also signed coach Sergio Batista, who helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup as a player and won gold as a coach at the Beijing Olympics.
"Representatives of Shenhua were impressed by some of our players, they expressed interest in signing them," said Swallows brand manager Siya Sangweni.
"We are waiting for them to come back to us. That's all I can say at this stage."
Mathebula said: "I know the Chinese are looking for players, but I have not heard anything at this stage about me also being on their wanted list.
"It will be great for me to further my soccer career abroad, Shenhua are a big club in China. They are trying to recruit top players to join them."
Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe did not go to China with Swallows as he is on national duty with Bafana Bafana.