Jomo Cosmos Close Bhembe Deal

Jomo Cosmos have signed Swazi striker Mfan’futhi ‘Taribo’ Bhembe, despite earlier reports that the player had agreed a deal with Moroka Swallows.
The deal, confirmed to KickOff.com by Cosmos manager Andrew Rabutla, follows negotiations between Jomo Sono and Mbabene Swallows boss, Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze.

Rabutla said that Bhembe would be signing as a South African and not a foreigner, as the player’s father was a South African by birth and that the deal was for three years.

According to a report in The Times of Swaziland, the Mbabane club stand to pick up 50 percent of any transfer fee the dreadlocked star makes during his contract.

Bhembe left the country last night with local agent Celani Shongwe and will undergo a medical check-up today. He is set to join Cosmos’ pre-season training on Monday.

Bhembe said he was happy everything had been finalised and that he is ‘ready to play in the money-spinning South African Premier League’.

Reports in mid-June had it that the Dube Birds had clinched a deal with Gamedze, but it emerges that the player did not put his signature to the contract.

Cosmos have also signed Swazi national team defender Mpendulo Kunene on a three-year contact and have enlisted the services of former Thanda Royal Zulu manager Thabang Gumede to be part of the club’s management next season.