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Mazibuko knows what to expect Bucs 15/04/04
Moroka Swallows may have slipped out of the Castle Premiership championship race, but this has made captain Goodman Mazibuko even more intent on winning the Absa Cup in order to pay back the Bird's fans for their loyal support.

His plan is to shock the Bucs by coming at them with all cylinders firing in the early moments of the game and not give them a chance to recover.

"We need to bury Orlando Pirates on Sunday in the early minutes of the match and take that big step forward to the Absa Cup final," said Mazibuko.

The former Free State Stars and Buccaneers midfielder said the Birds owes their supporters a win against the Buccaneers because he promised them the Castle Premiership title, but this now seems out of reach for them.

He also pointed out that in the last three matches, the Dube Birds have been their own worst enemies.

"Our last couple of defeats have been the players' fault. Gavin Hunt has done his job very well, he has managed to make us a very mobile side and play a very tactful game, but we the players have let him down, we have not managed to convert our chances into goals," said Mazibuko.

The captain who moved to Swallows from Pirates knows the strength and weakness of his former teammates.

"We need to score an early goal on Sunday and Hunt have been working with the strikers in that regard. Once we put them on the back foot, we will be home and dry if we mark them very tightly," said the former Bafana Bafana player.

"With the work that the coach has been doing with the strikers, I don't think all those cross that Kasinauyo sends in from the left flank will go begging any more," he added.

He said that their traditional rivals do not like to be marked tightly and if Swallows keep the game tight after an early goal, more goals will follow.

Mazibuko has earned a reputation as a hard working player who gives his opponents very little breathing space, so he will be certainly be leading by example in this respect.

That said and done but Mazibuko is still very aware of his former teammate Bennedict Vilakazi.

"Vilakazi is the only headache we have, right now he is on top form and stopping him needs a team effort. He is all over the pitch for 90 minutes and he is their x-factor right now."

Swallows have only Warren Lewis out of the Pirates encounter because of suspension, but the rest of the squad have a clean bill of health.

With regards to his personal form, Mazibuko said that he has been playing the best football of his life because of Hunt, who has made him believe in what he is capable of doing.

"My play has been on cloud nine since I was made captain by Hunt. He gave me confidence which I was lacking and all the players believe in their talents now," he said.

He said Hunt is playing him in his right position and that has also led to him been a better player.



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