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Mafu did not pick up my calls a�� Talent Maphosa

MBABANE Swallows defender Talent Maphosa claims Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu played hide and seek with him when he declared an interest to join the Bulawayo outfit during the last transfer window period.

The former Bantu Rovers and Monomotapa player had set his eyes on wearing the black and white stripes, sadly that dream died because Mafu did not take his calls.

a�?I had to train with Bantu Rovers in an arrangement made by my former teammate Ephraim Mazarura who was at that time Bantua��s goalkeepera��s coach. This was after I had tried to call Bongani Mafu,a�? said Maphosa.

He called Mafu a heartbreaker but wont allow him to kill his ambition.

a�?I felt so hurt because it was like he was deliberately ignoring my calls. I will not let my desire to join Highlanders be dampened by this kind of snub. I am a fighter and I will fight on until my dream is realised,a�? he said.

Asked if he held any grudges Maphosa said he would accept a�?Mafua��s unspoken opinion.a�?

a�?To me this was Mafua��s unspoken opinion and my football life will move on until perhaps another chance arises,a�? he added.

Maphosa went to Bulawayo at the end of May when the Swazi football season closed.

For new beginnings, Maphosa intended to undergo a pre-signing trial period because his Mbabane Swallows contract had ended.

Mafua��s handling of certain players has come under scrutiny since the departure of young Ozias Zibande to Botswana.
Zibande claimed the gaffer did not want him at the club.

Meanwhile, former Motor Action goalkeeper Francis Nicho has joined MTN Premier League of Swaziland newcomers Bad Boys.

Nicho had made futile attempts to join Mpumalanga Black Aces before trekking back to Swaziland where he spent the last season at Mbabane Swallows.

The shot stopper made headlines in 2007 at the Cosafa Under-20 Championships Awards.

He was voted Goalkeeper of the Tournament, joining South Africaa��s Michael Nkambule who was voted Players of the Tournament, Lazarus Kaibi of Namibia, Emmanuel Mayuka of Zambia, Tobias Francisco Angola and Claudio Ramaidamanana of Madagascar who all finished as Top Goal Scorers with five goals each.

His career started flourishing when he was at Monomotapa in 2008 where they won the league before moving to Motor Action the following year.

He stuck with the Mighty Bulls until 2013 when he decided to pack his bags for Bulawayo with an intention of trying his luck at then newly-promoted Plumtree Chiefs.

Despite winning the Southern Region ticket to play in the topflight league, Plumtree Chiefs sold the franchise to Bantu Rovers.

Francis stayed at Bantu Rovers for six months before he moved to Swaziland.

The Swaziland league season got underway last weekend.