birds eye mbesuma

A HORDE of Masandawana justifiably labelled Collins Mbesuma a flop during his frustratingly short spell at Mamelodi Sundowns last season.

A HORDE of Masandawana justifiably labelled Collins Mbesuma a flop during his frustratingly short spell at Mamelodi Sundowns last season.

The Zambian forward failed to live up to expectations after joining the Brazilians at the beginning of the season. He did not get many opportunities to play and when he did, his performance did not warrant an extended stay at Chloorkop. The management of the star-studded, but underachviers, showed him the door in the off-season.

But it appears that Mbesuma will not spend much longer in the world of the unemployed after Moroka Swallows expressed interest in giving him a chance to breathe new life into his flagging career.

Swallows supremo Leon Prins admires the former Kaizer Chiefs hitman and believes he can add value at the Birds nest.

"I don't doubt his capability as a player," Prins said yesterday. "We are close to signing him."

Prins is still loath to reveal the identity of their German coach.

But the Birds boss was over the moon about the return of lanky striker Lungisani Ndlela.

He has returned to the aviary on a two-season deal.

Ndlela rattled the net 19 times in 35 starts and while the supporters were happy with the player's scoring ability, Ndlela was a miserable man. He made the startling revelation that he was being paid a paltry R2000 a month.

"I'm excited we have finalised a deal with Lungisani and I strongly believe that he will help us to compete for honours next season.

"The position that we finished on last season was unacceptable," Prins said.

The Nedbank Cup kings finished 11th in the standings and thus failed to qualify for the lucrative MTN8 Cup that carries R8million prize money.

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