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'We aim to break the Birds' Rand Stadium record' 08/04/05
Relegation-threatened Bush Bucks are determined to break Moroka Swallows' unbeaten record at the Rand Stadium, which is now stretching close to two years.

The Eastern Cape side have a full compliment of players to choose from and will be using the same squad which beat Ajax Cape Town last weekend when they meet the Dube Birds on Saturday.

Imbabala MD Leicester Phiti is confident that his team can break Swallows' record.

"Last time when the Birds came down to East London, they were unbeaten and no-one gave us a chance of winning. However, we won that game 1-0 to break their record, and now we plan to break their unbeaten record at the Rand Stadium."

Phiti feels that his team's hunger to win at all costs could see them shock the Dube Birds.

"Moroka Swallows are not so hungry. They are in a comfortable position, having already done just about enough to qualify for the Top 8.

"We, on the other hand, are fighting for our Premiership survival, which is of utmost importance to us. Three points will bring joy, happiness and comfort to the people of the Eastern Cape region

"Bucks have over the years played a major role in people's lives, as well as the economy of the Eastern Cape region. We have a rich history and we are out to defend our pride."

Meanwhile, Swallows also have a clean bill of health for this match, which sees captain Goodman Mazibuko return after missing the Wits game through suspension.

The Birds skipper, however, was modest about his chances of starting in Saturday's match, after Albert Kometsi did a good job in the middle of the park against the Clever Boys.

"I'm available, but its up to the coach who to pick," said 'Dolphin'. "The team did very last week and I am not sure if the coach will want to change a winning combination."

Mazibuko has emphasized the importance for his team to make their chances count tomorrow.

"In the last game against Bucks, in East London, we created so many goal opportunities, but failed to take any of them. We must make sure that the same does not happen tomorrow.

"We know that Bucks are desperate to avoid relegation, so this is going to be a very tough game. We are also fighting to try and at least get a second placed finish so we can qualify for next season's Champion's League, so there is lots to play for."

Mazibuko singled out his namesake, Sibusiso Mazibuko (a former Swallows player, and also Goodman's team-mate at Pirates) as a potential danger man.

"He was never given much of a chance at Pirates, but now people are starting to see what he is capable of. We will have to keep a close eye on that one."

By Anthony McLennan

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