Mbabane Swallows’s Banele Pupu Sikhondze


Meteoric atta c k i n g midfielder Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze has been valued by Transfer-market as the country’s most
expensive player at E2.1 million. Sikhondze recently signed for South Africa’s Polokwane’s City from
Mbabane Swallows for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of E450 000. The Eswatini international has, however, had limited game time for Rise and Shine, which, however, has not negatively impacted his market value. Transfer-market is a German-based website owned by Axel Springer SE publishing company, that has footballing information such as scores, results, statistics, transfer news and fixtures. Axel Springer is a German legendary journalist who died in 1985. According to the IVW, Transfer-market is in the top 25 visited German websites, and one of the largest sport websites after Kicker.de. The 25-year-old Sikhondze began his stellar career with Manzini
Wanderers and immediately became a household name with his penetrating dribbling skills and soon moved to Manzini Sundowns in 2014. That same year, he joined Jomo Cosmos who had been relegated to South Africa’s National First Division, hooking up with the then on-form winger Mzwandile ‘Navara’ Ndzimandze. In 2017, Sikhondze joined
Mbabane Swallows, starting out rather sluggishly as he battled to find his form. However, he was soon at his best in a matter of months, scoring and creating goals and forcing his way into the national team. Interestingly, Sikhondze’s market value in 2018 is what Tony Tsabedze was valued in 2011 when he moved from Santos F.C in South Africa to join Mbabane Swallows. Tsabedze, along with compatriot Yuki Masina are perhaps Eswatini’s most successful
international exports having starred for some of the biggest clubs in South Africa and the national team. Masina has an edge over Tsabedze as he played overseas, doing duty for Eendracht Aalst and KV Mechelen. At the prime of his career in 2002, Masina was linked with Feyenoord and Tottenham Hotspurs in Germany and the English Premiership.

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