Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques says the club is not actively looking for new players, but have not ruled out making some free agent signings in the coming weeks
Swallows did the least amount of business of any side in the Absa Premiership during the recent transfer window, bringing in only Felix Obada from Maritzburg United and Katlego Mashego on a free transfer after he left Lamontville Golden Arrows.
But the club did also manage to hold on to the bulk of the squad that finished second in the League last season. Marques stated that he and the club management felt there was no need to makes changes just for the sake of it.
Even though he believes the “squad is now closed”, Marques admits they are looking at former Orlando Pirates and Jomo Cosmos winger Dikgang Mabalane, as well as ex-Pirates and Ajax Cape Town left-back Lizu Mjepmu.
“We are open-minded about these things,” says Marques. “The squad is closed as far as I am concerned, but if a player comes along who we feel is better than what we have and the numbers add up, then we will look at it.
“It’s not like I feel we need anyone right now, I am very happy with the group that we have and the way they have performed so far this season. But like I said, we don’t close the door to anyone.
“Mabalane is here training with us and if we feel he will give us something extra then we will look at making a signing. We did not go looking for him. He was presented to us by his agent and so we said we will have a look.”
Mabalane will be 33 this year and has battled over the past 12 months with injuries, so his signing would be something of a gamble for The Birds.
The club has developed an excellent reputation for extending the careers of players who had seemed at the end of their playing days. Mabalane would provide experienced cover for the Nigerian Obada.