Swallows FC chairman David Mogashoa has confidently said the club will successfully overturn a FIFA transfer ban over their failure to settle an outstanding debt. 

The Sunday World reported this weekend that the Dube Birds will not be able to register players for the next two years unless full payment is made to two former players – Vladimir Mandic and Obren Cuckovic.

According to the records, the Serbian duo played for Swallows during the 2014/15 season under then owner Leon Prins, with Zeca Marques as the head coach – a campaign which ended with the Soweto club being relegated to the second tier.

Mogashoa clarified that the matter got to FIFA as a result of a dispute that the old Moroka Swallows, which was liquidated, owed Mandic and Cuckovic a settlement fee following relegation from the topflight to the National First Division at the time.

Prins sold the status of the team in 2016 and the giant club went into oblivion and further down into the amateur ranks before Mogashoa purchased the status of Maccabi FC three years ago and, within a season, gained promotion back to the elite league.

This ongoing saga is believed to have been dragging behind the scenes for some time now and FIFA has finally taken the decision to hit Swallows with a transfer ban until 2024, as the report suggested.

Mogashoa confirmed this but says he is not panicking.

“This issue has been there for quite a while and we have been dealing with it as a club behind the scenes,” he told SABC Sport.

“But we are not worried. I can assure you that we are on top of it and we will have it resolved, and the FIFA ban lifted by Friday.”

The chairman admitted that it was a problem he had inherited when buying the Swallows status and registering a new trading name, as it later emerged that the Serbian players were owed money from back then.

Mandic is now 35 years old and plays in his native country, while Cuckovic is in his 40s and has since retired from football.

SABC Sport


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