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Moroka Swallows sign former Orlando Pirates midfielder

As they continue to prepare for the league resumption, Moroka Swallows have completed the signing of a former Orlando Pirates midfielder.

In the last two months, the Dube Birds have garnered widespread attention in SA football with their issues as a result of the players’ strike due to unpaid salaries. The strike led to them failing to honour their two DStv Premiership fixtures against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows.

PSL then slapped them with a whipping R1 million fine of which R600 000 is suspended for the 24 months. 

Thereafter, the club held a disciplinary hearing and dismissed a number of their first team members who were part of the strike. However, some have rejoined the club after they found each other in talks.


FARPost has established that Swallows have completed the signing of the former Pirates attacking midfielder Augustine Mahlonoko.

The 22-year-old was recently welcomed by the Soweto-based club for assessment along with other trialists. He’s expected to be of help offensively as Swallows look to bounce back after seven games without a win including the two walk-overs awarded to Sundowns and Arrows.

Mahlonoko has been a free agent since December last year when he left the Motsepe Foundation Championship outfit La Masia. 

He then tried his luck at Casric Stars when they started preparations for the second round in January. He later left the Mpumalanga side to train with Swallows.

Moroka Swallows sign former Orlando Pirates midfielder
Augustine Mahlonoko at Orlando Pirates

Moreover, Swallows have also been assessing the former Cape Town City goalkeeper Mark Anderson as they’re seemingly looking to bolster their goalkeeping department. It is uncertain whether they have made a decision on the shot-stopper.


Meanwhile, the future of the club’s head coach Steve Komphela is still up in the air as he’s not yet back in training. Musa Nyatama and Ditheko Mototo are reportedly in charge of the sessions getting the team ready for the upcoming matches. 

Swallows’ first fixture this year will be against Polokwane City on Saturday, 17 February at the Dobsonville Stadium at 3:00 pm.

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