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Foursome to fly Swallows flag high 31/08/04
Four Moroka Swallows players will be doing duty for their respective national teams this weekend in World Cup/African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The in-form Edzai Kasinauyo, who has been causing all sorts of havoc to defenders every time he has possession of the ball, is set to start for his country, Zimbabwe following a three-year absence from the national team when they host Nigeria this coming Sunday in Harare.

His compatriot Bekithemba Ndlovu will be marshaling the defence for the Warriors against the Super Eagles. Ndlovu played a brilliant game in Swallows' 1-1 draw against the expensively assembled Sundowns last Sunday in a Castle Premiership encounter.

The depth of the Beautiful Birds is shown in Greg Etafia making the Super Eagles' squad for this encounter without even playing in his team's opening three matches this season, but the Nigerian selectors have kept faith in the tall goal-minder.

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana Bafana boss, has rewarded the hard-tackling but soft-spoken Peter Petersen with a national call-up for South Africa's encounter away in Kinshasa against the D.R Congo.

Gavin Hunt, the Swallows coach has managed to produce players previously uncapped to full national team players.

"It's all about the way Swallows play, we play our own type of football and the player just click on to the style and Swallows play better and the players improve their individual play and their national selectors notice them," said Hunt about his international players.

He also mentioned former Swallows captain Jabu Mendu, who was an unknown, but rose to the Bafana team under his guidance.

Gavin Hunt was surprised that it took so long for the Zimbabwean national coach to call Kasinauyo when the wing was on fire through-out last season.

"Edzai played for his country about three months ago and he scored a goal against Swaziland, Etafia started playing for Swallows and now he is the part of Nigerian national team," said Hunt.

Hunt is well known for his ability to bring out the best in his players,  and players always seem to raise the level under his astute guidance.

Good Luck guys, keep the Beautiful Birds' flag flying in all corners of Africa.

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