The Birds will be hoping to get their season off to a flyer by going all the way in the SAA Cup, but will need to be at their best if they are going to beat Abafana Bes'thende on Saturday.
The Swallows management have been very busy strengthening their squad during the off season break, having made a number of important signings in all areas of the team.
Their defence, which proved to be a shortcoming last season when the likes of Warren Lewis were out injured, has a lot more depth about it with the acquisitions of George Hummel and Rufus Makoti.
In midfield, fans can look forward to seeing some exciting soccer produced by both Albert Kometsi and Goodman Mazibuko, while the Bird's strikeforce looks particularly lethal with Dennis Lota, Shaun Permall, Keryn Jordan and Mark McVeigh all fighting it out for a starting position.
The squad has been very active during the break period, and coach Gavin Hunt has used this opportunity to try out the various combinations available to him.
Now it is time for Hunt's boys to face their first real test, and they can expect no favours from Arrows on Saturday.
Abafana Bes'thende have become a very well-oiled and disciplined team under the guidance of Khabo Zondo, and they are well respected around the country for the entertaining brand of soccer they play.
Strikers such as Mabhuti Khanyeza and Jason Lackay (who is back at the club) are both top strikers who will make the Swallows defence pay dearly for any mistakes.
They have also signed Zambian striker Harry Milanzi and have some exciting midfielders such as rising star Vumile Dladla and Thiyekile "Ace" Gulwa, the former Bloemfontein Celtic playmaker.