Letlabika: Swallows FC sign Bloemfontein Celtic defender

Wandisile Letlabika joins Swallows FC September 2020
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The 31-year-old is willing to play a role in a project that is being built by the Dube Birds who will make their return to the PSL next month

Swallows FC have announced the signing of veteran defender Wandisile Letlabika from Bloemfontein Celtic

The Soweto-based outfit has been busy in the transfer market as they look to assemble a solid squad that will compete in the PSL next season. 

The club took to their social media platforms to unveil Letlabika, who also previously played for Mamelodi Sundowns during his career. 

Letlabika spent seven full years at Phunya Sele Sele after arriving from the Brazilians in 2013. 

This was soon after losing the 2012 Telkom Knockout Cup final to Siwelele, as a Sundowns player at the time.

His lack of regular game time prompted Letlabika to seek a move away from Chloorkop and that's when Celtic signed him after seeing a lot of potential in him. 

At Sundowns, Letlabika made just five appearances between 2011 and 2012.  

The utility defender made a name for himself at Celtic, and his departure will undoubtedly come as a massive blow. 

Letlabika leaves Celtic with 133 appearances and a single goal to his name during his seven-year stay in the Free State capital.

Meanwhile, the Dobsonville-based outfit also announced they have acquired the services of Kagiso Malinga on a permanent deal. 

Malinga was on the books of Swallows last season but it was only on a temporary basis as he had been loaned from SuperSport United. 

The 25-year-old right-winger scored 12 goals for the Dube Birds, the same number of goals as former JDR Stars forward Moeketsi Makhanya, who also joined the club this week. 

Both Letlabika and Malinga join the likes of Makhanya, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Daniel Gozar and Musa Nyatama, who all put pen to paper this week.    

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Swallows are now expected to reinforce their goalkeeping department before closing their cheque book.  

The new signings will add experience to the squad that is already led by veteran attacker and former Orlando Pirates and Sundowns winger Lebogang Mokoena. 

The club also has former Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere on their books.