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'McVeigh could become a great' 19/11/04
Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt feels that midfielder Mark McVeigh could go on to become a truly great player.

Hunt's statement came after the Dube Birds sent Black Leopards crashing out of the Coca-Cola Cup competition with a good 2-0 win at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Thursday evening, with McVeigh giving one of his best performances in a Swallows shirt to date.

Striker Lungisani Ndlela handed Swallows the lead just two minutes into the match following a McVeigh free-kick, with the blond midfielder adding the second after a sweeping move down the left flank.

"McVeigh doesn't realise how great a player he could become," said Hunt after the match, but added that the player needs to apply himself in order to fulfill his immense potential.

"But I think he has too many things going on in his head, but all credit to him as he gave a great performance tonight."

The Swallows mentor conceded that Leopards played right into their hands and praised his players for the way their held out to the Leopards onslaught in the last 15 minutes.

"We did very well tonight and the players stuck to their task brilliantly," he added.

"In the second half we decided to sit back and this forced them to pump in the long balls and we made sure won the first ball. Our tactics worked very well."

Meanwhile, man-of-the-match Greg Etafia praised Hunt for having enough faith in him to include him in the starting line-up after fellow goalkeeper Conrad Hendricks had performed exceptionally well during his injury-enforced absence.

"First, I would like to thank God for giving me the strength to do my job and also, I must thank the coach (Hunt) for giving me the opportunity to prove myself again."

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