Birds weigh up Papi Zothwane
PAPI Zothwane could join the over-30s club at Moroka Swallows next season if new coach Zeca Marques agrees to take him on.
Zothwane is a free agent. He left Bloemfontein Celtic at the end of the last campaign after signing a short-term contract with them in January.
The former Bafana Bafana international will be 31 next month and is now ready to start afresh, having put behind him a nightmare two-and-a-half-year spell at Mamelodi Sundowns before he joined Celtic.
Swallows are seen as a possible destination, as is newly promoted University of Pretoria, but coach Steve Barker says they are looking elsewhere at the moment.
Zothwane will be buoyed by the examples of David Mathebula, Joseph Makhanya and Siyabonga Nomvethe at Swallows, players who have all been able to give their fading careers a kick-start since joining the Birds.
Sowetan understands that Swallows chief executive Leon Prins may sanction a move for the central midfielder if Marques sees him fitting into his plans for the coming season.
Zothwane was a star at Lamontville Golden Arrows, where his form caught the eye of Sundowns.
He moved to Chloorkop in 2009, but his stay there proved to be a big disappointment. Zothwane made just 20 starts for the club in two-and-a-half seasons. He joined Celtic in January this year, making six appearances in the second half of the season.