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Sibusiso Mabiliso finds new home abroad

Former Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu FC left-back Sibusiso Mabiliso has found a new home abroad after penning a deal ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The former South African youth international is poised to join North Macedonia’s FC Shkupi, pending the approval of his work visa. He has signed a contract with FC Shkupi for the upcoming 2024/25 season.

Since January, Mabiliso has been a free agent, maintaining his fitness by training independently. After a breakout season with AmaZulu in 2020/21, where he represented South Africa in the Tokyo Olympics, he secured a move to Chiefs.

However, limited opportunities led him back to AmaZulu in 2022, and he was released in January. Despite the setbacks, Mabiliso’s talent as a roving left-back with excellent crossing ability has not been forgotten.


FC Shkupi, a top-tier club in North Macedonia with ambitions for domestic and European success, has offered Mabiliso a one-year contract with a two-year option. Mabiliso’s new club is based in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. The landlocked Southeast European country is bordered by Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Serbia.

Sibusiso Mabiliso during his time at AmaZulu FC.
Sibusiso Mabiliso

Skopje is home to roughly a quarter of the country’s 1.83 million inhabitants. This move presents Mabiliso with the chance to revive his career. He could potentially showcase his skills in the Europa League or UEFA Champions League.

Mabiliso will become FC Shkupi’s fifth foreign player, joining a diverse squad. They have Rwandan defender Abdul Rwatubyaye in their ranks, the Ghanaian duo of Clement Ansah and Emmanuel Avornyo. Senegalese midfielder Albert Diène.

The club finished third in the Macedonian First Football League last season and aims to challenge for the title again. While Magesi FC and Richards Bay expressed interest in Mabiliso, he has opted for a new challenge abroad.

This move could be a turning point for the 25-year-old defender as he strives to return to regular top-flight football.

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