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Mazibuko: 'We have to make it count'


Moroka Swallows captain Goodman Mazibuko is confident that the 'Beautiful Birds' will add more woes into the currently troubled camp of their SAA Supa 8 semi-final opponents Kaizer Chiefs.

Swallows and 'Amakhosi' meet in the second of the two semi-finals at Durban's ABSA Stadium on Sunday, September 24.

"We were unlcky to lose against Sundowns and we will avenge that bitter defeat when we face Chiefs", said Swallows captain Goodman Mazibuko.

"We are aiming to continue playing well. Chiefs booted us out in the same stage of the same competition at the same venue and we stand a chance of making it through to the final. It has been a while since we last won any silverware and it could be a great start to the season when we can annex this trophy".

Chiefs go into this encounter bearing something of a hangover from their stuttering and disappointing league campaign.

Winless after five matches in the Castle Premiership league, all is not well at Naturena especially after their 2-1 loss to Bidvest Wits University which saw Amakhosis Love and Peace supporters getting their beloved team in trouble as they will face the PSL wrath for misconduct, unruly and violent behaviour among others.

Whether Chiefs have the guts to atone their dented image remains to be seen when they take on Swallows who were unlucky to lose against reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns midweek.

"The situation is not the best at the moment but life must go on. It is unacceptable for our supporters to voice their displeasure in such a manner because they put the team in a bad light", said Chiefs winger Arthur Zwane.

"The match against Swallows means a lot to us as players. We have vowed to reignite our dented pride against Swallows. We have not won as much as we could like to but we will definitely turn the corner. To our supporters, we will not disappoint you and I urge you to come in your big numbers because we need you at this desperate time".

Key Players:

Chiefs-Kaizer Motaung Jnr:

Chiefs savior so far. Hard runner who will give his former teammates Patrick Mabedi and Bevan Fransman a torrid afternoon depending on whether coach Ernst Middendorp start with him along veteran Shaun Bartlett.

Swallows-Mame Niang:

Is yet to reproduce his goalscoring predatory might just do that against Chiefs wobble defence. His height and physique will add enough oomph in The Birds attack. Certainly, the man to watch.

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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

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