Snl24 | How Chiefs, Pirates & Sundowns could save Swallows

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 26: Moroka Swallows players during the DStv Premiership match between Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs at Dobsonville Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The cracks of Moroka Swallows’ financial issues, could potentially lead to the club’s best players being put up for sale. 

Swallows brought the South African football fraternity to a standstill on Wednesday after the club could not honour their DStv Premiership fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns and announced the same fate for their scheduled match against Golden Arrows on Saturday. 

The Birds roster went on a ten-day strike prior to their loss against SuperSport United after their salaries were not paid and the situation has resurfaced, as Swallows chairman David Mogashoa confirmed to this website that their no show against Sundowns was due to salary issues.

READ | Swallows fail to pitch for Downs clash, chairman speaks out!

Kickoff looks at players on the hot list at Swallows who could be put on the market in the January transfer window to help the club balance their books.

Keegan Allan

Allan was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates and Italian Serie A clubs Hellas Verona and Spezia Calcio before he was signed by Swallows from University of Pretoria.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender’s contract at the Birds is set to expire next year in June, although the Birds reportedly have an option to extend for a further year.

Keenan Phillips

Phillips was at some point linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs during his stay at former club SuperSport United.

However, Swallows acted swiftly to sign the 23-year-old as a free agent on a two-year contract in July this year.

READ | Downs vs Swallows clash cancelled

Tlakusani Mthethwa

Mthethwa had an impressive 2022/23 season and was reportedly on the radar of Mamelodi Sundowns.

The defensive midfielder has continued to be linked with a move to the Brazilians, after he carried on with his form under coach Steve Komphela.

Tshegofatso Mabasa

There were talks that Orlando Pirates were considering cutting Mabasa’s loan spell short at Swallows and bring him back to the club in January after he scored six goals in his first seven league games of the season.

However, the 27-year-old has not scored since September and new reports are linking him with another loan move to AmaZulu, who are said to be keen on his services, in January.

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