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Mazibuko - the players are focussed 03/06/04
Moroka Swallows captain Goodman Mazibuko says all the players have focussed their energy on the Absa Cup final against Manning Rangers as it is the last chance for them to reward coach Gavin Hunt Hunt for all the hard work he has done, and above all to thank the Birds supporters for their undying support.

Swallows have finished their Castle Premiership matches and Mazibuko said that he is happy with what they have achieved, despite not challenging for league honours.

"To start with, we have managed to finish the league in the top 8 and that will give us something to work on in our off season.

"We were also in the SAA Supa 8 finals, where we lost to Jomo Cosmos, and now we in the Absa Cup were we are going to win that competition," he said with confidence.

Mazibuko confessed that the Birds players let themselves down in the Castle Premiership by conceding soft goals in the second half of the season.

"We started the league very strongly and we were the team to beat but things started to fall apart in the second half of the season and that was our fault as players because most of the goals that we conceded were not because our opposition were scoring brilliant goals, but we were giving away very soft goals," said the Bafana Bafana midfielder.

Mazibuko said he is not thinking about the off season yet: "How can I think of the off season when I have not yet finished my job. I will start thinking about that when we win the Absa Cup, but if not, then there will be no off season for me," he said.

The former Orlando Pirates said that he has not for one moment regretted joining the Dube Birds because, according to him, this season has been the best ever in his long career, which started at Free State Stars.

Mazibuko has attributed a large portion of this to Hunt.

"Hunt has brought all my confidence back in my game and he has managed to bring the best out of me and I am enjoying my football," he said.

"Hunt has taken most of the players' football to another level and it will be the only way that we can show our appreciation to him by win the Absa Cup," said the former Bafana Bafana player.


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