'In The Birds Nest'

Welcome to yet another 'Bumper Edition' of the 'In the Birds Nest' column. This is the column that brings YOU, the Moroka Swallows supporters the 'freshest' news from within the camp of the 'Beautiful Birds'. Read on!

Management News:

In the past two editions of 'In The Birds Nest', we published a list of our Technical Staff for the senior and development teams.

Changes will also be effected within the management staff, and they will be as follows:

Management's Executive Committee Members (MANCO)
CEO: Leon Prins
Operation Director: Bennett Mtshali
General Manager: Sipho Xulu

Office Administration: Paul Tjale and Attie Mogorosi.

Head of Security: Edward Caluza

Supporters Club
Senior Supporters Liason Officer:
Sheila Goitsione
Supporters Liason officer: Vincent Lesage

Marketing and Publicity
Marketing assistant: Nelson Mariri

New Public Relations Officer (PRO)
After a long search the club is very proud to announce the appointment of the new club PRO Sello Maugane, he will be officially starting on the 11th September and will undergo a one month induction before beginning his official duties in early October, reads a statement released by the 2006/07 Mangaung Cup champions on Monday morning.

Sello comes to the club with broad marketing and brand experience, gained through qualifications from IMM, AAA School of Advertising and Wits Business School.

His passion for Moroka Swallows and South African soccer together with high level corporate and people experience through the financial services industry makes him an ideal appointment.

We wish Sello all the best in his new position and have no doubt that he will help take the club forward for the current and next generation of Moroka Swallows supporters.

Trialists Update:

Jethro 'Lovers' Mohlala has been signed for one season to challenge Bjorn Gugger for the left back position, we wish him all the best for the upcoming season.

'Operation Search and Find' - Stage Two:

To kick start the second phase of this operation we shall hold a 'Mother of all Soweto's Supporters Meetings' at Ipelegeng Community centre on Sunday, August 27 at 10.00.

This meeting will be open to all members from branches within Soweto.

The purpose of this meeting is to announce and discuss a program of penetrating Soweto and reaching every individual within its boundaries; and also to introduce the existing branch leadership.

Other similar meetings shall take place in the following areas on dates still to be confirmed : Emfuleni, Mogale City, Ekurhuleni , Tshwane and Johanesburg's Northern Areas.

Supporters Club New offices opens:

New offices of our Supporters Club have been opened. These offices are located next to the club's Head Offices at No. 22 Wellington Street, Parktown Johannesburg.

Supporters are requested to contact these offices through the club's telephone numbers until a direct number is announced, postal addresses remain unchanged.

Supporter's new merchandise on sale:

Supporters Merchandise will be sold at all our home games and some of our away games. Card-carrying members are requested to produce their cards when purchasing any items in order to receive an agreed upon hard cash discount.

Ex-players/officials meeting:

All those who have served the club in the past years, i.e. as players, officials and those who are shareholders are requested to attend a special meeting on Saturday at Dube YWCA at 10h00.

The purpose of the meeting is to issue free Membership Cards, which will allow them free entry into all the club's home league games.

Youth Development news:

The 'Junior Birds' finished third in the recent Supersport Under-19 Cup, i.e. behind Ajax and Soweto select XI.

This is how we fared:
Swallows 1 - Santos 0
Swallows 1 - Kaizer Chiefs 0
Swallows 0 - Wits 0
Swallows 0 - Cosmos 0 (on penalties we won by 3-1, quarter-finals)
Swallows 0 - Ajax 0 (on penalties we lost by 4-2, semi finals)
Swallows 1 - Wits 0 (Losers, final)

Our Goalkeeper Themba 'Kiwi' Sizwe took the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award.

On behalf of Moroka Swallows family, we extend a word of appreciation to the Head of Youth Development Paul Habib, members of the coaching staff Joel 'Ace' Mnini and Andries 'Chaka Chaka' Mpondo, the Development players and the technical team for a job well done.

Plus we wish to say a special thanks to all our supporters who attended the tournament to support the team.


Seven of our U19 players have been selected to represent Gauteng East Central district on August 19 and 20 in Germiston. We wish them well!

Calling On All 'aMaswai-Swai':
With Sipho Xulu

The games begin, let's attend Maswaiswai. Our first mission is to win the SAA Supa8 title, in order to accomplish it we must defeat Silver Stars whom we meet on Sunday, August 20 at Germiston stadium. We know that without all of us standing together the battle will be half lost before it even begins, we therefore urge all supporters to come in our numbers like never before.

Collectively we are charged with the responsibility to make this season our best , i.e. on and off the field; especially because we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

I guess there is no better place and time to start our celebration than at this game, where we must be visible and vocal as individual, branches, ex-players, ex-officials, club shareholders and loyal friends of 'The Birds'.

Gates will be opened at 11.00 and tickets are available from Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers.

They are priced at affordable prices of R20 (Adults) and R10 (Juveniles).

It is recommended that you buy your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our second official game of the season - which will also be our first league game - takes place on Saturday, August 26, against Black Leopards in Thohoyandou.

Should you wish to go watch this match, please contact the office no latter than 12.00 on Tuesday, August 22, i.e. to make transport arrangements.

Sekunjalo Maswaiman!!

Sipho Xulu

Meetings and announcements:

Saturday, August 19, 2006:

Ex-players, ex-officials and club shareholders will meet at YWCA in Dube Soweto at 10am, every one attending is requested to bring his/her copy of ID and full contact details in order to be registered for the Club's free membership for more information please contact Sipho Xulu on 083 506 1520 or on 011 484 6131.

Sunday, August 20:

Tembisa branch launches:
Thuto ke Matla Comprehensive School hall, Maukeng section Tembisa at 09.00.

Klerksdorp branch:
Boitumelo Primary School Hall, Jouberton location at 09.00.

Dube branch:
Mama's Inn 11416 Mtipa Street Orlando West at 10.00.

Sunday, August 27:

All Soweto branches:
Ipelegeng Community Centre Hall, White city Jabavu Soweto 09.00

Transport to Germiston stadium
Protea North Branch has organized transport to the SAA Supa8 game against Silver Stars at Germiston stadium on Sunday, leaving from Protea North BP garage at 13.00. For more information, contact Archie Shabangu on 083 719 1420.

Till the next time, Ndizani Maswaiswai Ndizani!!

- 'In The Birds Nest'
- Swallows appoint new PRO
- In 'The Birds Nest'
- 'Birds'squad all kitted up!
- Prins - 'Rest in Peace, Bra Pine'
- The CEO's Pre-Season Message
- Swallows sign Fransman, Mathibe
- Birds Building Bridges In Africa
- Mukansi Signing On The Cards
- Birds Withdraw From CAF Cup

Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?