Mlungisi ‘Madzala’ Ngubane
Mlungisi ‘Madzala’ Ngubane and Eugene Dlamini will not travel to Madagascar for the CAF Confederation Cup clash
The Mbabane giants are expected to leave the country on Thursday for their assignment against Madagascar’s Terrible CO on Sunday.
The two players stopped training with the Mbabane giants early last week after discovering that they were not on the list of players entitled to training travelling allowances. They have not bothered to return to training since and are likely to miss the trip.
“It is unfortunate that, as a team, we failed to take care of their basic needs. These two players raised very crucial points. They argued that they used their own money when attending training and as such were also entitled to the allowances.
“The team argued that they were both in gainful employment, which in all honesty was not fair to them because sacrificing personal money just to attend training as a player is not on. We should have ensured we addressed their needs because the truth is that with their experience, they would have surely added value to the travelling team,” an insider at Highlanders told MTNFootball.com.
One of the players, Mlungisi ‘Madzala’ Ngubane, told MTNFootball.com that he cannot travel with the club to Madagascar without his personal issues having not been sorted out.
“Highlanders officials know why I am not attending to the club activities. That’s all I can say,” Ngubane said.
Highlanders, going through their leanest spell in years, are participating in the CAF Confederation Cup by virtue of finishing last year’s SwaziBank Cup as runners-up to eventual champions Green Mamba.
The Correctional Services outfit withdrew from participating in the continental tournament, citing poor form.
The travelling squad:
Sebenele Malaza, Chico Mayisa, Thulani Sibisi, Thembumenzi Mayisela, Banter Kerin, Dumisani Mdluli, Muzi Dlamini, Xolani ‘Chocco’ Sibandze, Sipho ‘City’ Sibandze, Lee Vilakati, Msizi Lukhele, Vuyani ‘Mascherano’ Mazibuko, Msimisi ‘SMS’ Ncanywa, Hloniphani Ndebele, Mfanufikile ‘Fash’ Ndzimandze and Sandile ‘Msobho’ Nxumalo