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Cup Final A Different Ball-Game 19/09/03
Moroka Swallows will be hoping for their first trophy in eleven years when they take on Jomo Cosmos in the final of the SAA Supa 8 Cup at the Kings Park Soccer Stadium on Durban on Sunday.

The Birds last triumph was in the Iwisa Maize Meal Cup in 1992, and coach Gavin Hunt will be desperate to win his first major trophy in management.

Preparations in the Swallows camp have been going well this week, with the side full of confidence having beaten this self-same Cosmos side 3-1 in their last meeting in May.

But that is not to say the players are not a little nervous.

"Sleepless nights or not, this cup is ours for the taking," Zimbabwean international midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo told SASoccer365.com on Friday. "The ball on Sunday will be bouncing my way."

The cup final atmosphere has been building in the coastal town ahead of the match, something that has not gone unnoticed by the Swallows camp, who have been visiting local schools.

"The atmosphere right now is all about the final. Everywhere we go people are looking forward to the first Supa 8 final in their home town," Kasinauyo said.

"The promoters have done a very good job here, they have made nearly everyone in Durban a part of the whole build-up. Our supporters have been waiting for us everywhere we go. It real feels like we are playing at home," he added.

The outcome of the game could well rest on two of the Swallows players who have been in outstanding form this season, goalkeeper Greg Etafia and striker Dennis Lota.

Lota's goals, particularly in the league, have lifted Swallows up to third in the Castle Premiership, while it was Etafia's penalty saves in the semifinal against Wits University that put Hunt's men through.

Cosmos have also been in good form this season, having won two and drawn one of their four league matches so far. They rely heavily on the goals of Tico-Tico Bucuane, and Swallows ability to neutralise him may have a large bearing on the game.

Probable line-ups:
Cosmos: Phali, Rabutla, Mhlongo, Mohlala, Mokoena, Ntsume, Mabalane, Mhlati, Bucuane, Magalefa, Mwafulirwa

Swallows: Etafia, McNab, Hummell, Mokoti, Petersen, Rabolele, Kometsi, Mazibuko, Kasinauyo, Sebona, Lota

Players To Watch:
Cosmos: Teboho Mokoena will be the hard man in the middle of the park. There is no doubt Mokoena is a quality player with bags of experience, and the Swallows midfielder's will have their work cut out for them against the Cosmos anchor.

Swallows: Gary McNab is set to captain the Dube Birds and will lead the side with distinction. His first duty is to stop Cosmos star Tico-Tico Bucuane from scoring, but the hard-tackling McNab has the experience and the ability to read a game which makes him one the best defenders in the Castle Premiership.

Last Results:
September 29 2002: Moroka Swallows 1-2 Jomo Cosmos (Rand Stadium)

May 14 2003: Jomo Cosmos 1-3 Moroka Swallows (Makhulong Stadium)

Match Officials:
Referee: Enoch Radebe
Assistants: Nicky Haupt and Godfrey Selopetsa
Fourth Official: Sipho Masondo

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