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We are hungry for success - Mokoti 02/09/04
Moroka Swallows' Rufus Mokoti suffered a career threatening injury last season which sidelined him for five months, but the lively defender is now back doing what he loves best, helping the Dube Birds defence to keep opposing attackers at bay.

The left-back is now looking to be back to his old self and has praised the Bird's management for sticking by him during his time spent on the sidelines.

Moroka Swallows journalist Francis Makoni caught up with Mokoti to find out how he is enjoying being back in the action again.

FM: How is the new season for Rufus Mokoti so far?

Mokoti: I think we have been playing very well as a team and I am also happy with my play.

FM: You spent half of last season on the sidelines because of injury, but now you don't even show any signs of this, how did you manage to overcome the set back?

Mokoti: Sure, it was a set back in my career because of the injury, but I only overcame the set back because of the Swallows management. They have  been there for me from the first day that I was injured until the last day of my rehab.

And when it was time to start kicking the ball, Gavin Hunt was there for me and he worked with me until I was the player I am today.

FM: The first three matches that Swallows have played, they seemed unstoppable, are we going to see that kind of performance through the season?

Mokoti: Swallows is a team made of players who are hungry for success and they all have a passion for learning new things. The coach just come back from overseas and whatever new things he learnt there, it just gives the players all the confidence.

We are just playing as team to instructions and every player is giving all he can to the team and the rewards are coming our way.

FM: How was it to beat Ajax Cape Town back-to-back in your first two matches of the season?

Mokoti: Like what I said, we are a team which plays as a unit, and each player just did his job right and  Ajax players did not know what hit them, not once but twice!

FM: Can you take us through what happened when you got a second yellow card against Sundowns?

Mokoti: I have never received marching orders in my professional career, that was the first red card of my career. I was just doing my job and the referee thought I was a bit out of the line and he gave me the yellow card and the second time around it was just unfortunate that he had to send me off.

FM: Unlucky! but good luck for the whole season

Mokoti: Thank you so much and we need lady luck to be on our side.

 

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