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Sweswe in surprise Wits move

[Posted 28 Jun 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Sweswe in surprise Wits move
Kaizer Chiefs defender Thomas Langu Sweswe has surprised all and sundry by penning a two-year deal with ambitious Johannesburg-based ABSA Premier Soccer League outfit Bidvest Wits, when everyone expected him to finalise a move to Black Leopards.

Beezsports has it on good authority that the 30-year old Zimbabwean signed for Wits this week, and the deal has been kept under wraps for obvious reasons.

Langu Sweswe was expected to seal a move to Lidoda Duvha and many soccer publications in South Africa even reported that all that was missing was the player's signature after apparently Chiefs and Leopards had agreed to a deal which was rumoured to also involve a loan move for Brian Abbas Amidu.

It now seems like the two parties, Sweswe and Leopards failed to completely agree on personal terms. Wits who have proved masters in the transfer game this off-season, swooped in and got the man they have been eyeing quietly.

Wits did the same with Tinashe Nengomasha after the General and Chiefs failed to agree on personal terms regarding extension of his contract, and pounced on their target, beating other teams in the PSL who were keen to have the gifted and gritty midfielder in their ranks for the upcoming season.

Roger De Sa's side will be teeming with quality and real hard-workers this coming season after successfully capturing Nengomasha, Sweswe,Tlou Molekwane, Matthew Pattison, Ayo Oluwafemi and Thokozani Mshengu.

De Sa's side is reportedly sitting on a huge transfer budget of R70 million, something which sounds a bit of an exaggeration for a modest club like Wits. Yet, it could still be possible, judging by the club's confidence and dealings on the transfer market thus far.

Wits are also linked with two former England-based stars, Benjani Mwaruwari and Aaron Mokoena who were both at Portsmouth last season, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns' Mabhuti Khenyeza who did not enjoy his loan spell at neighbours Supersport last season .

Players of the calibre of Nengomasha, Mokoena, Benjani or even Khenyeza will not come on a cheap with respect to their salaries.

It could well be true that Wits are armed with a huge budget this time around.

In De Sa they have a gifted young coach who appears to know how best to get the best out of players who are deemed either problematic or surplus to requirements at their clubs. He has shown his good hand in dealing with the likes of Emile Baron and Mbulelo Old-John Mabizela.


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