DURBAN - Mamelodi Sundowns right back, Siyanda Zwane has been loaned out to his former club Lamontville Golden Arrows. The hard-tackling defender was on loan at Ajax Cape Town last season where he enjoyed regular game time.
Arrows coach, Clinton Larsen, informed Independent Media that they have Zwane on board: "Siyanda Zwane is with us. I'm not too sure whether we've signed him or he is on loan. I think you have to phone our office to find out whether he has permanently or he is on loan," he said on Friday afternoon.
The 33-year-old industrious full-back is back to where it all began for him back in 2005. He made his professional debut for Abafana Bes'thende 13 years ago. Zwane spent nine years at Arrows before moving to Sundowns in 2014. He was the part of the team that lifted the MTN 8 triumph back in 2009 under the guidance of Manqoba Mngqithi.
Sundowns communications manager, Thulani Thuswa, confirmed that Zwane is loan at Arrows. "He has been loaned at Arrows so that he can get more game time," Thuswa briefly explained.
Arrows have been very quiet in this transfer window market while other teams have been on shopping sprees. Abafana Bes'thende will lock horns with their arch-rivals Maritzburg United in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash at 3pm on Saturday in the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Premier's Cup quarterfinal. Zwane is expected to start at right back in the match.
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Meanwhile National First Division outfit, Real Kings are set to unleash former Premiership star, Faty Papy in the Premier's Cup. Kings are pitted against fellow NFD side, Uthongathi FC, in the first quarterfinal at 11am at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu. The winners of the game go on to face AmaZulu in the semi finals of the competition on Sunday at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.
Kings Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Philani Majola, confirmed that they have bolstered their squad with the marquee signing of Papy. The Burundian international made his name while mesmerising the opposition defence in the colours of Bidvest Wits. He was once on the radar of Orlando Pirates but a health issue denied him the big move.
"He has signed with us on a two year contract. He is an exciting talent and his experience will add value in our team. He is in good shape and ready to go. Our plan is to play the minimum of two games. We will bring a very big squad in this tournament. We want to test our readiness for the new season. We are taking this Premier's Cup very seriously," Majola stated.
Kings were close to reaching the play-offs of the Premier's Cup last season but felt short in the last hurdle. In another action from the tournament on Saturday, Royal Eagles will take on Richarda Bay FC at 1pm.