Swallows FC are expected to seal another loan move for an out-of-favour Mamelodi Sundowns player, edging rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the race for his signature.
The Siya crew recently reported that Phakamani Mahlambi, who cost Downs R13-million when he returned to Mzansi after only a year at Al Ahly two years ago, has been deemed surplus to requirements at Chloorkop.
Swallows were quick to show interest, though his wages were thought to be a stumbling block at the time – and could very well still be.
According to insiders, Chiefs also entered the race in the hope that Mahlambi could reunite with coach Gavin Hunt, who promoted him to the first team at Bidvest Wits when he was only 18, five years ago and said “he is better than Benni (McCarthy)”.
But the Glamour Boys have not yet heard back from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding their appeal of the transfer ban handed down by FIFA in February.
Their interest in Mahlambi, as reported in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma, or any other player, is being affected by the delay.
Indications are that Swallows are closing in on a loan deal for Mahlambi, who still has three years remaining on his Sundowns contract.
The hold up in the agreement being confirmed, sources say, is around whether Downs would be willing to still contribute a portion of his salary while he is on loan with the Dube Birds.
It’s thought the two clubs have been haggling over this for a few weeks now, but could finally reach a compromise as Mahlambi is not expected to play a key part in the plans of joint coaches Manqoba Mnqgithi and Rulani Mokwena.
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If he joins Swallows, then Mahlambi would be added to this list of new arrivals: