SABC Sport has established that defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza, who played for Orlando Pirates and Richards Bay, is one of the players signed by the Dube Birds following the departure of several key figures last month.
After being docked six points by the Premier Soccer League for failing to honour matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows in December because of an “illegal strike” by the players, the Soweto outfit conducted their own internal hearing which led to 22 squad members being dismissed.
The club has since welcomed a few back, but made reinforcements for the second half of the campaign by recruiting a number of free agents.
Nyauza will be joined by striker Letsie Koapeng, right back Basil Mphahlele, central midfielder Roland Sanou, attackers Lwanda Mbanjwa, Jacob Everson as well as Augutine Mahlonoko.
It’s understood chairman David Mogashoa has moved swiftly to make sure the technical team, set to be led by Musa Nyatama with head coach Steve Komphela on the way out, has enough material.
Nyatama, who has been appointed interim coach on several occasions by the Dube Birds, was to be in charge tomorrow night away to Cape Town City until the League postponed the midweek fixtures.
This was due to Bafana Bafana players only arriving in the country on Wednesday morning following their bronze medal finish at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire at the weekend.
According to information gathered by the public broadcaster, Swallows could still look to add more free agents to beef up the squad as they try move up from 11th place and into a reputable Top 8 position.
Nyatama helped them achieve that target last season having stepped in when Ernst Middendorp abruptly quit to take up a job in the German lower division.