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They have nothing to lose - McVeigh 02/04/04
Mark McVeigh pointed out that Tornado FC have nothing to lose in Saturday's Absa Cup match to be played at the Rand Stadium, but says that Moroka Swallows are ready for whatever the amateurs have in their arsenal.

Mark McVeigh, the former Bush Bucks midfielder, who is now playing for the Beautiful Birds, knows what kind of football the East London-based Tornado FC can play from his days spent in that region.

"We used to play friendly matches against Tornado FC when I was still playing for Bush Bucks so I know what we will be up against.

"They have nothing to lose in this match, one way or the other, they will try to cause an upset by beating us," said McVeigh.

He admitted that it can be difficult for players to motivate themselves against a division two team.

"If we are playing a team like Orlando Pirates we know what to expect and the players are naturally motivated, but when you play an amateur side, it is hard to know what to expect from them."

McVeigh said that training has gone ahead as usual for the Birds this week, despite the fact that there is a cup tie ahead.

"Gavin Hunt have not changed the way that we  train because we are a professional side and the players no what is expected of them at all times," said the right-sided midfielder.

Meanwhile, Tornado FC say that they will not be intimidated by their Castle Premiership on Saturday.

"We have came a long way to be where we are in the Absa Cup. We beat Maritzburg City 2-1 to qualify for the last 16 teams in this Cup competition." said Rogers Relu the PRO of the East London based Tornado FC.

The Vodacom second division team, who lost out of being promoted to the First division after finishing third in their league, believe they have what it takes to cause a major upset against Swallows.

"Swallows will be under so much pressure when they play against us. They will be trying to avoid an embarrassing lose to a amateur team like Tornado FC and that will suit our team," said Relu.

So the amateur team have laid down the challenge, now it is up to Swallows to show why there is a two division gap between the two clubs.

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