The 26-year-old joined Free State Stars in 2011 as Jabulani Edward Manqele and used the same surname during his unsuccessful spell at Mamelodi Sundowns.
According to the PSL’s media and broadcasting manager Luxolo September, the player has been registered as ‘Mnqele’ for this season, but Manqele tells KickOff.com that his correct surname is Manqele and puts the blame on Home Affairs.
“My name is Jabulani Edward Manqele, but Home Affairs made a mistake when I got my ID … they omitted the ‘A’ in my surname,” he explains. “As a result in my passport my surname is ‘Mnqele’, which is wrong.
“When I joined Free State Stars in 2011 I explained to them and they registered me as Manqele, regardless of the mistake in my ID. Sundowns did the same as well.
“But when I joined Swallows I didn’t explain, hence I’ve been registered as ‘Mnqele’. But I’ve applied for a new ID and hopefully this matter will be sorted because it’s inconveniencing.”
Manqele was at his best in 2011/12, but he failed to live up to expectations when he moved to Chloorkop. However, he is confident of making up for lost time with Swallows.
“I want to get back to my old form, but it will take time,” he tells KickOff.com. “Yesterday we were unlucky, we could have won the game and the penalty given against us was soft. But it’s okay, there’s a long season ahead of us.”