Injury rocks Anesu Gondoa��s Royal Leopards debut

Swazi Sport with Noel Munzwaba

a�?IT all comes together with Castle,a�? a�� goes the buzz line but for former Dynamos forward, Anesu Gondo the Castle Premier Challenge Cup final debut for Royal Leopards failed to a�?come togethera�? as he picked an injury that saw him fail to last the first half.

The player was forced off just before the breather in a final which the police outfit went down 0-1 to Mbabane Swallows at a wet Somhlolo National Stadium last Saturday.

There was an indication he could have been kicked in the groin but there are chances he could have also aggravated an old injury as well.

Gondo, a Mbabane Highlanders off-season target, joined Royal Leopards a fortnight ago beating the first transfer window period deadline on an initial a�?three months performance-based loan deal from Dynamos.a�?

Also beating the deadline were Hloniphani Ndebele and Takawira Chimwanda who joined Midas City and Red Lions respectively.

The former Highlanders junior, Ndebele, returned to football after an injury induced sabbatical while Chimwanda was released from his contract by Mbabane Highlanders last month.

In other news, coach Julius Chakupewa is not permitted to sit in the technical area, Manzini Wanderers may have turned to Mandla Mpofu if recent reports are anything to go by.

Mpofu had been shortlisted for the post back in August before the hub giants announced Chakupewa as the new man at the helm.

However, Chakupewa does not possess the required Confederations of African Football (Caf) Licence B certificates to coach in the countrya��s elite league.

Instead, assistant coach Clement a�?King Claya�? Mdluli had been calling the shots in the technical area during official games while Chakupewa concentrated on training the maroon and white side after being deployed to the position of Technical Advisor as his coaching papers remain under scrutiny by the Football Association (FA).

Meanwhile, the National Football Association of Swaziland Playera��s Status Committee has referred the matter in which Ramson Zhuwawo is dragging Mbabane Highlanders over contractual obligations to CMAC.

CMAC is Swazilanda��s equivalent to the labour court.

On Tuesday the committee adjourned another meeting in which they were supposed to deliberate on releasing the copy of Zhuwawoa��s contract which Mbabane Highlanders lodged at the NFASa�� player registration department.

Mbabane Highlanders are said to be holding onto the copy that should have been handed to the 2009 Zimbabwe soccer star of the year further impeding the process of taking the matter to CMAC.

After penning an eight-month contract and making an appearance for the most successful Swazi soccer giants in the SPTC Charity Shield last month, the club later negotiated a contract termination as they sought to clear the foreign quota.

After settling for an undisclosed contract termination fee the clubs kept on promising before eventually ignoring Zhuwawoa��s pleas which have led to the former Gunners championship winning midfielder seeking recourse.

In his letter the Zimbabwean defensive midfielder demanded over E70 000 (about $5 000) from the team being the total money he was due to receive in salaries.

The player was demanding E73 000 in respect of a signingA� on fee of E25 000 plus E6 000 salary for a period of eights months.