'Birds' Juniors bow out in the semis

The 'Beautiful Birds' Under-19 team bowed out in the semi-finals of the annual youth tournament held at Erica Park in Cape Town, after losing 1-2 to BidVest Wits' U19s.

On their way to the semi-finals the 'Birds' youngsters collected seven points in their three round robin games to qualify as winners of their group ahead of the knockout stages.

They then drew Santos FC in the last 16 round, whom they beat 2-1, before beating Malano FC 3-1 in the quarter-finals. Their run, however, came to an end in the semi-finals where they were beaten by Wits.

Swallows' own Phumelele 'Ace' Bhengu notched up six goals to win the Goal-scorer's Award for the second consecutive time.

Paul Habib, Swallows' Head of Development, told the official Swallows website that the tournament was, in all, a great success.

"I would like to thank the organisers, Metropolitan, Bayhill FC and Western Province SAFA for a great tournament," he said.

"I've been to a couple of tournaments around the world. I rate this tournament amongst the best in its age group.

"Our boys performed well, thanks to development coaches and Swallows legends Joel 'Ace' Mnini and Adries 'Chaka-Chaka' Mpondo, all of whom did a splendid job to prepare the boys.

"This kind of tournament is healthy for our country and I look forward to next year."

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February 13
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Pirates
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

December 21
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

December 16
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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