By Sibusiso Masilela
Former Mbabane Highlanders midfielder Banele ‘Stiga’ Ndzabandzaba is set to take home a E15 000 monthly salary at Botswana Police XI.
The player recently joined the Botswana Premier League side on a three-year contract after he was shown the exit door by the capital city giants. The player was discarded together with two international players in South African winger Tony ‘Ben 10’ Machacha and Lesotho international Tshwarelo Bereng.
A source close to the matter revealed the player has been offered a competitive salary by the Gaborone-based side. “He will be getting E15 000 salary, and he will get an increment at the end of each season plus winning bonuses,” the source said.
The player declined to comment on salary when reached for comment. “I cannot talk about salary since it is a confidential agreement between me and the team,” he said. The former Matsapha United and Mhlume Peacemakers player said he was happy with his move to the Botswana side.
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“I feel rewarded for my hard work after getting this move and I will continue pushing hard in my career. I want to achieve bigger things with my team, and I would like to thank them for giving me such a great opportunity. I would love to represent my country in the future if given a chance,” he said.
Ndzabandzaba becomes the third international player for the country after Lindo Mkhonta (Zesco United, Zambia) and Justice Figareido (Richard Bay, South Africa). Sihlangu head coach Dominic Kunene recently congratulated on his move and further stated every outstanding local player will be given a fair chance to play for the nation’s pride.
Ndzabandzaba has played under several coaches at Highlanders such as Ernest Mavuso, Selaotse ‘Sly’ Mosala and the incumbent Solly Luvhengo.