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Swallows boss expresses shock at Nomvethe's 'plan' to own club

Moroka Swallows boss Leon Prins confirmed yesterday that Siyabonga Nomvethe would be staying on despite the Dube Birds being relegated to the National First Division, but claimed he was in the dark about the veteran striker's ambitions to own a stake in the club.

A Swallows insider said this week that Nomvethe's proposed move to Jomo Cosmos, who were recently promoted to the Premier League, fell through because the former Bafana Bafana player felt he could invest in the club as a player and shareholder to help them return to the top flight.

"I'm happy to confirm that Nomvethe is staying with us even though I am not willing to discuss the length of his contract," Prins, the Swallows chief executive, said.

"I have to be honest and say it is the first time I am hearing about his interest in buying shares at the club. I obviously can't say it is a bad thing because I am open to these sort of discussions. But I am not even sure if the rules would allow that to happen."

Cosmos confirmed they had made an offer to sign Nomvethe, 37, soon after they won promotion last month. The player seriously considered it but decided against leaving the Dube Birds, who begin life in the NFD on August 22.

A Swallows insider, who is privy to player movements at the club, said: "He could have joined Cosmos, but feels he owes it to the team to stick around and help them return to the PSL. But what appears to have been the sweetener on the deal is the potential to own shares and maybe even buy the club later."

PSL rules do not forbid a player or any individual from being a shareholder as long as they have not been in a similar position in the preceding 12 months.


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