Swallows welcome Chiefs' u-turn

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Kaizer Chiefs' change of heart in signing one of Swallow's stars has been welcomed by the Dube Birds, who believe this could be a blessing for the balance of their squad.

Bafana Bafana forward Ruzaigh Gamildien will now be staying at Swallows despite a deal having previously been agreed between the three parties.

Gamildien, who is already back in Gauteng for pre-season training with the Dube Birds, was one of the stand-out performers last season and even earned himself a call-up to the national team.

According to a source, the 32-year-old former Chippa United striker had already signed a one-year contract that included another one-year option with Chiefs, who have since communicated a change in heart.

"No, he's not going there anymore, they changed their minds. Chiefs didn't give any reason, they just said they've changed their minds and the new coach doesn't want him," a source tells KickOff.com.

"Everything was signed but they were just waiting for the ban from their side to end so the move could be finalised. The chairman David [Mogashoa] has already informed of Chiefs' decision. 

"He told the player, Bobby [Motaung] said they were pulling out of the deal. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise for the lad, he was doing well at Swallows. He still has one year left with Swallows, so he's staying."

Swallows CEO Sipho Xulu further confirms that there were talks with Amakhosi over a deal but admits that the 32-year-old staying could in fact benefit the club's plans for next season.

"He never left [laughs]. Gamildien is still one of our players but, yes, since Chiefs haven't come back to us, they might have decided otherwise," Xulu says.

"We have to continue as planned because his departure was going to interrupt our planning as well. We are happy he is no longer leaving."

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