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The CEO Speaks



After a very successful 24 months for the Club, which included competing to win the League Championship on the last day of last season, winning the prestigious MTN8 Tournament against tough competition around two months ago, and being handily placed on the League Table almost a quarter of the way into the new season, the wheels have spectacularly come off over the past two months.

As the leader of a committed group of people, one would be lying if one were not alarmed and concerned. We also know that we have to pull up our socks and put serious effort into turning the slide around. This is a very competitive league and one can't afford to try and play catch-up at a later stage.

After an embarrassing performance, gifting SuperSport, who did not even play well on the night, a victory, the head coach, who is a gentleman and only has the best interests of Moroka Swallows at heart, offered to me to step aside to minimise the risk to the Club going forward.
We as management have not accepted this offer, the reason being that we are all intimately involved with what goes on behind the scenes in terms of preparation, strategic analysis, input and instructions to the players, and so on.

This very talented and capable bunch of players have, for various reasons, not the least the loss of focus after becoming MTN8 Champions, let themselves, their supporters, the Club and the coaching staff down.

We have all resolved to turn it around together.

In addition, there are only two games before the long AFCON break, and any knee-jerk decision-making in our view would be strategically unsound at this time.

Everyone at Swallows continues with my full support, but are well-aware that we are on high alert and monitoring the situation closely for the next two games.

Leon Prins
CEO




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