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PSL preview : Santos vs Swallows 03/03/04
After a weekend of Absa Cup matches, the Castle Premiership resume tonight with the league leaders, Santos hosting title-challenging Moroka Swallows at the Athlone Stadium.

The Birds have not enjoyed much success in Cape Town in recent times, but tonight they will be hoping that one of their Cape Town-born players will do a job for them.

Carlo Scott returns to his home town to face the team which he joined during a loan spell last season where he performed well before breaking his leg.

Scott, who joined Swallows last week following an extremely unhappy time at Sundowns, made no secret of the fact that he was hoping for a move back to his home city and he will therefore be determined to show the People's Team what they have missed out on in not signing him.

Fourth placed Swallows really need to win if they are to start closing the gap between them and the leaders on the PSL table.

Samuel Ngobeni is back from suspension and with new signings Thabang Lebese and Pitso Lekone also eager to show coach Gavin Hunt what they are made of, the Beautiful Birds will certainly be hoping to fly over the People's team.

Boebie Solomons, the Santos coach is a master tactician when is comes to plotting the downfall of visitors to Athlone.

Solomons has never been one for an adventurous selection policy. Perhaps therein lies the reason behind the tremendous hunger still shown by some of his aging stars.

They give their all, week in and week out, knowing the coach does not easily subscribe to a fresh legs policy.

"As for the new players, they still have to learn the way we play the game. They will have to understand the team's philosophy that a unit is stronger than the individual, be it in attack or defence." said Solomons.

He has managed to stay on top of the log despite all of the attention which the likes of Chiefs and Ajax have received.

Solomons' team will be boosted with the return of Fees Maloi, the speedy striker who is back from injury, midfield general Marawaan Bantam returns from suspension while

The team has also been bolstered with the recent signings of classy former Hellenic winger Warren Budde, Bafana Bafana striker Lebogang Kukame while Jermaine Christian could be up against his old team tonight if selected.

Santos have not be known as big spenders in the past due to their tight financial constraints, but that seems to be changing since Engen have come on board as sponsors, and Solomons has bought wisely to assemble a strong squad, much in the same way that Hunt has done with the Birds.

This certainly promises to be cracking affair which pits two of South Africa's 'bright young coaches' against each other.

The match starts at 7:30pm at the Athlone Stadium and it is the only PSL match being played tonight.

 

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