Bibo back to fitness at Swallows

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Swallows FC have allowed Thandani 'Bibo' Ntshumayelo to continue training at their base, with the former Orlando Pirates midfielder's physical condition improving immensely.

Ntshumayelo has been sweating it out with Swallows since the beginning of the year as he seeks to revive a career that was torn apart by a ban from the game following a doping offence in 2016.

Word from Swallows is that while Ntshumayelo – who turns 31 this month – has not been offered a contract, he has been impressive with his effort.

"He has been showing great attitude at training since he arrived and has improved immensely on the shape that he was at the beginning of the year. The desperation to come back into the game is written all over his face and his commitment cannot be questioned," a source tells KickOff.com.  

"He understands where he is coming from and is feeling the weight of how difficult the path to getting back into the game is. What is good is that he is not being treated like a trialist at training and is going about training just like all other players at the club.

"While the season is approaching its end there is belief that he is someone that can still competitive again. It might not happen at Swallows, but it is worth being known that he has transformed himself back into someone who can play. How he looked when he arrived and how he looks now is worlds apart and all he surely needs now is the opportunity to play again."

Since his ban Ntshumayelo has only played 35 minutes, which was towards the end of the 2018/19 season while at Baroka, but has 148 starts to his name from his time at SuperSport United and Pirates. 

Meanwhile, Tyroane Sandows is also still training with The Birds, a month since he started training with the club following his release by Maritzburg United at the beginning of the year.

Sandows struggled at Maritzburg managing just two appearances at Maritzburg after arriving amid so much expectation having played his football in Brazil for over a decade.

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