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Moroka Swallows look set to lose two of their most influential players after the club had allegedly failed to agree terms for the extension of their contracts.

Former Bloemfontein Celtic winger Cecil Oersen and striker Sandile ‘Ma-Gesh’ Ndlovu, who is also known as ‘AK-47’ in football circles, have not renewed their contracts with Moroka Swallows and the duo will be free to leave the club at the end of next month.

Although Ndlovu was offered a two-year extension on his contract, it has been discovered that the player presented Swallows with a counter offer. The club have failed to respond and Ma-Gesh and his business manager interpret their silence to indicate they are not interested in engaging in negotiations.

Fresh rumours from suggest that Swallows have been talking to former Italian striker Christian Vieri with the possibility of luring the former World Cup striker to the club. It seems that Swallows are weighing up their options before committing themselves to their loyal forward.

Weekend reports revealed that Vieri’s agent approached Swallows and offered them the former Lazio and Inter Milan striker. They are seriously considering bringing him down to Mzansi in what could be the biggest transfer on the local market since Kaizer Chiefs signed Jairzinho back in 1975.

But it could be difficult for the 35-year-old former Azzurri striker to acclimatise and adapt quickly enough to deliver for the Birds in what is likely to be the toughest, most gruelling and shortest season in the history of South African football.

The news of Ndlovu’s impending departure from the Birds' nest will certainly be greeted with dismay by Swallows supporters, who have come to rely on the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Dynamos striker.

Peter Pedroncelli,