Major decision for man hindering Swallows full name usage


The Brazilian footballer at the centre of the issue that has restricted Swallows FC from using the full Moroka Swallows name has taken a major decision.

Igor Medeiros De Melo Alves – who is known as Igor Alves in football circles – spent three years (2008-11) at Swallows after being brought to the club when Leon Prins was still in charge when Brazilian gaffer Julio Leal was the head coach.

He arrived with fellow Brazilians Elton Morelato, Davi Rancan and Vinicius da Silva and was the last to leave when he headed out to Poland after an injury-ravaged last season in which he managed just three appearances.

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After his brief stay in Poland, he moved back home and after starting to play in the military team he then took his case of unpaid salaries to FIFA in 2014.

What was originally R231 000 has accumulated to over R300 000.

The new owners of Swallows have taken a precautionary measure of not adopting the full Moroka Swallows name in fear of possible sanctions from FIFA even though they identify as the original club nicknamed The Dube Birds.

FIFA usually issues various punishments ranging from transfer bans to points deductions in such cases.

According to recent conversations with Alves, the case remains pending with the lawyers he had engaged not giving him any response.

The left-footed Alves started 12 games and scored thrice in three years at Swallows playing as an attacking midfielder.

He made three substitute appearances in his last season with The Birds following a concoction of injuries that defined most of his time at the club.

Aged 33, Alves has now announced his retirement as a player with one of his former clubs paying tribute to his contribution.

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