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Chamanga flies out of the nest

Moroka Swallows have confirmed that star striker James Chamanga has left the 'Beautiful Birds' to join Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Shide FC.

"Yes, I can confirm that James has left us for greener pastures in China," Swallows General Manager Sipho Xulu told the club's official website.

He added: "We are obviously disappointed that he has left us, especially at this crucial stage of the season when we are fighting for a top eight finish. We could not stand in his way, however, as this was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for the player to try his luck overseas.

"Losing a player of Chamanga's calibre is a great loss indeed, but like I said, we could not stand on his way. Everybody at Swallows wishes Chamanga the best of luck in China.

"We would like to say to him, to always remember that he has a place in this team when things do not go well overseas," concluded Xulu.

Brief profile of Dalian Shide FC:

Dalian Shide is the most successful club in Chinese professional football, winning a total of eight titles from both the Jia A and CSL seasons. Dalian Shide's owner is tycoon Xu Ming.

Dalian possesses a well-funded and prolific academy. Famous players include Zhang Enhua, who had a successful three-month spell at then-first division English team Grimsby Town and Hao Haidong.

Sun Jihai is a successful player with Manchester City, while Dong Fangzhuo plays for the Manchester United reserves.

Profile courtesy of Wikipedia.org


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