Fransman's Israeli deal falls through


Fransman, by far the best player at Swallows this season, is currently in Ghana with Bafana Bafana and was reported to be heading to his new club after the completion of the tournament. However, it now appears that the deal has fallen through.

Leon Prins, Swallows’ boss, told earlier that they were disappointed at losing their star defender at this stage of the season.

“Bevan had a buy out clause in his contract that he had with us which his agent advised him to exercise on his way to making the move to the Israeli club,” Prins added.

The defender stills has 18 months to run in his contract with Swallows after having renewed at the beginning of the season and his presence for the remainder of the Premiership season will delight Birds’ fans.

When the transfer window closed yesterday the Ian Gorowa-trained outfit had only registered three new signings, Siphesihle Ngobese from Bloemfontein Celtic, Maimane Phiri from Supersport United and Brent Geyer from Ajax Cape Town.

Moroka Swallows have also moved in fast to seal an extension deal for their teenage striker Thulani Ngcepe, who is currently in the Amaglug-glug team who are playing Denmark in two international friendly matches.

Ngcepe made headlines last season when he scored on his professional debut, aged just 17 and while still a school boy.

With his initial contract due to expire in June, Swallows have seen it fit to extend his contract up until the time when the country hosts the World Cup.

“We have renewed Thulani’s contract by a further two years with an option of another year. His current deal was due to expire on June 30, but since he is a youngster from our ranks the club has seen it fit to extent his deal,” says Bennett Mtshali, Swallows’ operations director.

Though he has only managed to get limited game time this season, Ngcepe remains a prospect that the Birds cannot afford to let go as he is still developing.