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Another 'Bird' lands in a national team


Mataligoane is the fourth 'Birds' development player to be selected into the national youth team, the others being Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Sifiso Myeni and Thulani Ngcephe, all of whom are already part of the SA Under-20 team ('Amajita') set-up.

Paul Habib, Swallows' Head of Development, was understandably pleased with this latest development, hailing the club's development coaches for "doing a tremendous job".

"Firstly, I want to congratulate Serame for his recall. Personally, I do believe that he deserves to be in the squad. He has been working very hard and really deserves the break," Habib told the official Swallows website.

He added: "I am really proud of all our boys who are representing Swallows from various national teams, including Bevan Fransman, who will be playing for Bafana in the AFCON.

"I have been with these boys for five years now and all I've seen is dedication and hard work from them. May they continue to shine, not only for Swallows, but for their country as well."

Meanwhile, Myeni was one of the goal-scorers when 'Amajita' demolished neighbours Swaziland 4-1 in COSAFA Youth Championships in Nelspruit over the weekend.

"I'm really excited for Sifiso and like I said before, this was a result of the hard work that these players put into their games.

"Sifiso has a bright future ahead of him and if he keeps a level head, he will go places - the boy has unbelievable talent," concluded a proud Habib.

By Khaya Ndubane





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March 15
Nedbank Cup
Swallows v African Warriors
Venue: Germiston Stadium
KO: 8pm

March 23
Absa Premiership
Cosmos v Swallows
Venue: Mehlareng Stadium
KO: 3.30pm

March 9
Absa Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v Thanda
Venue: Olenpark

March 5
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

March 2
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Celtic
Venue: Johannesburg Stadium

February 27
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-1 v Sundowns
Venue: Loftus Stadium

POLL
Can Swallows go all the way in the Nedbank Cup?

Yes, they can, cup football is suited to their game!
No, cup football is too much of a lottery.
Perhaps - but they need to build on their recent form.