Moroka Swallows name still held up


Swallows FC will continue to fly without all their wings as their pending case with Brazilian midfielder Igor Alves continues to restrict them from reclaiming their full name.

Alves is owed money by the management that ran Moroka Swallows from when he was at the club between 2008 until 2011.

Since he took his case to FIFA in 2014, the new owners of the club have taken a precautionary measure of not adopting the full Moroka Swallows name in fear of possible sanctions, even though they identify themselves as the original Dube Birds.

The club were ordered to pay R231 000 back then, but the amount has now accumulated to over R300 000, with an additional five percent interest.

This Swallows was born through the purchase of Maccabi FC’s first division status while the original Moroka Swallows sank deep into the muddy leagues of amateur football.

"I still haven’t been paid anything and the lawyers are in charge of this matter,” Alves confirms to from Brazil, where he now plays for the military team.

“About the amount that I am owed, it is better for Swallows to disclose that but what remains is that they still haven’t paid me. I am happy for them as my former team, but we need to reach an agreement in this situation."

The world football governing body usually issues various punishments, ranging from transfer bans to points deductions in such cases.

Alves – full name Igor Medeiros De Melo Alves – started just 12 games and scored three times in the three years he spent with Maswaiswai after arriving in 2008 along with fellow Brazilians Vinicius da Silva, Davi Rancan and Elton Morelato.

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