The Moroka Swallows players are currently taking a well deserved Christmas break after a highly successful first half of their campaign.
Gavin Hunt's men reached the final of the inaugural SAA Supa 8 Cup, where they were just pipped by Jomo Cosmos in what was widely regarded as one of the best cup finals in many years.
The team has also performed admirably in the Castle Premiership - they are only four points adrift of pace-setters Kaizer Chiefs and have the second highest goals-scored tally (21), behind Ajax Cape Town, who have scored 22.
The Birds faithful need not worry about the players getting out of shape during their holiday break - they will already be back in training on January 2 for the eagerly anticipated clash against Orlando Pirates on Saturday the 10th of January.
Team manager Bennet Mtshali says that the team is determined to show their intentions of challenging for league honours by beating the Buccaneers, and then went on to give a Christmas message to the Bird's faithful.
"The Moroka Swallows management wishes all soccer lovers, and in particular, our own loyal supporters a happy and safe Christmas and New Years break.
We look forward to seeing them at the stadium in their numbers for the second half of our campaign, starting with our big clash against Pirates at the Johannesburg Stadium at 4pm on Saturday the 10th of January.
We intend to kick off the new year on a high note by winning this game."
January is a vital period for Swallows - apart from the game against Pirates, they also square up to another title-challenging team, Wits University, at the Rand Stadium on the 24th of January.
After this the team will again be on a break while the African Cup of Nations takes place in Tunisia.