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Swallows can be the best in Africa - Lewis 18/02/04
Warren Lewis has been one of the most consistent performers in the Castle Premiership and, despite nearing his 33rd birthday, the likable Swallows defender has not let age slow him down but instead seems to be having another top season for the Birds.

Lewis, who started his career back in 1988, when he played for Durban City as a teenager, joined the Dube Birds two seasons ago after having had a highly successful spell with Orlando Pirates, where he was used as either a left-sided or anchor midfielder.

He quickly built up a reputation as a tough-tackling, no-nonsense type of player and it was this approach that led his former employees to occasionally draft him into the defence.

Since joining Swallows he has become an integral part of the back four, having formed a solid partnership with Gary McNab, and many felt that it was Lewis' absence due to injury towards the end of last season that cost the Birds the league.

The Durban-born hard-man says that he is thoroughly enjoying his stint at Swallows and firmly believes the club has a bright future.

"I have been around in football for a long time and I have played for a number of teams, but Swallows is one team that I believe has what it takes to be the best not only in the country, but also in Africa," says the former Bafana Bafana defender.

He went on to elaborate: "If you look at the way we have been playing, we are taking each game as it comes, we don't go into a game with an attitude that the team we are about to play is a small or big team. We respect our opponents and in that we play as a unit."

On the chances of the Birds winning the league Lewis said, "We don't play our matches with winning the league in mind, once we do that, we will lose focus on the immediate picture, the league consists of 30 games and playing one game at a time will get us to where we want to be, which is to be crowned as Premiership champions.

The strength and depth of Swallows is also becoming better and better with the young players been introduced into the first team, points out Lewis.

"Alois Ngwerume and Lungisani Ndlela are some of the players that have been doing very well since they were introduced to the first team and this shows Gavin Hunt's plan - he is building a strong squad because he is not afraid to give unknown players a chance in the big league."

Lewis also had words of appreciation for the loyal Dube Birds supporters who have been turning out in numbers to back their beloved team.

"The fans have been fantastic and they have been lifting our play because every time that they come to watch Swallows, the players will always know that they will never walk alone."

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