Swallows striker Ruzaigh Gamildien has explained how the failure to finalize a move to Kaizer Chiefs has affected him.

Gamildien only scored five DStv Premiership goals in 23 matches as Swallows finished the season in 15th place and are set to play in the PSL promotion/relegation play-off against AmaTuks and Cape Town All Stars.

The 33-year-old was set to join Chiefs at the start of the season following an incredible first season at Swallows, scoring 11 goals, but the transfer fell through. 

“It effectively did in the beginning [Chiefs failed move], but I have moved on from that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have played so many games this season.

Although the goals have been hard to come by this season, I have been playing regularly, and I have been enjoying my career and my season,” said Gamildien in an interview in edition 1273 of Soccer Laduma.

The player explained why the move to the Soweto never transpired.

“At the time, the coach was Gavin Hunt, and he wanted me there. Then before the season ended, they fired Gavin Hunt, and Stuart Baxter came in.

My chairman (David Mogashoa) called me one afternoon and told me that I was not going to Chiefs anymore. He told me that I was staying with Swallows for the remainder of my contract, and that was it,” he said.

“In the end, I told myself that maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I just have to be appreciative of the fact that I still have a job.

What if I didn’t go to Chiefs and I had no contract, you know what I mean? I’m grateful that I still have a job.”


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