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The Fans are our motivation - Hunt 06/05/04
Moroka Swallows welcome defending Absa Cup champions Santos to the Rand Stadium on Saturday for an Absa Cup semi-final clash and coach Gavin Hunt is determined to pay back the Birds fans with a victory.

Swallows and Santos are not in the running to capture league glory and this will be both teams last chance to add domestic silverware to their cabinets this season - the Cape side are still in the running for the African Confederations Cup.

The Birds coach is optimistic, yet cautious, about their chances against The Peoples' Team.

"They are the defending champs, they've won a few cups so their record speaks for them," Hunt said.

Hunt lead the Dube Birds to the SAA Supa8 final which they lost 3-2 to Jomo Cosmos earlier this season and the former Hellenic player is hoping that his men can go all the way this time around.

"The guys want to play in another final and win it because we came so close but obviously did not win the SAA Supa8 cup.

Santos demolished the Soweto team 5-1 in a Castle Premiership game two months ago, a bitter memory etched in the mind of Hunt.

"They embarrassed us then but I don't see it happening again," Hunt cautioned before pointing out that the Dube Birds beat Santos in their first round encounter 2-0.

"We beat them 2-0 in our first round game, a game we should have won by a bigger margin."

Hunt has stressed there is no pressure on his players as the season comes to a close.

"There is no pressure on the boys to win the cup from me or management but we'd like to do it for the loyal fans who have supported us so well this season.

"They are our sole motivation now."

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