'In the Birds Nest' - 20/12/2006
Moroka Swallows' Communications Manager Sello Maugane brings us the latest developments from within the 'Beautiful Birds' nest.
FIRST TEAM NEWS:
Upcoming first team fixtures:
AmaZulu v Moroka Swallows
Wednesday, December 20 at Princess Magogo Stadium at 3.45pm
Moroka Swallows v Black Leopards
Sunday, January 7 at Germiston Stadium at 3.45pm
SuperSport United v Moroka Swallows
Wednesday, January 10 at Super Stadium at 7pm
Moroka Swallows v Silver Stars
Sunday, January 14 at Germiston Stadium at 3.45pm
Orlando Pirates v Moroka Swallows
Saturday, January 20 at Ellis Park at 3.45pm
Injured first team players:
According to team doctor, Ephraim Nematswerani, the following first-team players are currently injured:
Left knee injury, torn meniscus. Will be out for the remainder of December 2006.
Knee Injury. Will be back in action in February 2007
Right shin injury, small hairline fracture. We will be out of action for four to six months.
Right hamstring strain. He will be available this week.
Both Tsweu Mokoro and Lefa Tsutsulupa received red cards during the Maritzburg United game played at Harry Gwala stadium. They will be out for the next game against Amazulu.
LADIES TEAM NEWS:
As mentioned last week, the ladies team has been entered into the Discovery Tournament to be held at Simba Stadium in Pimville. Their first game is against Fabulous FC on Tuesday, December 19. The final for the tournament will be held on Friday, December 29.
Upcoming Ladies fixtures (Discovery Tournament):
Moroka Swallows Ladies Team v Fabulous FC
Tuesday, December 19 at Simba Stadium at 10am
New sponsor on board:
Moroka Swallows and three other PSL teams have entered into a sponsorship deal with Old Mutual. The agreement with the sponsor is that Old Mutual will become the team's official financial solutions partner for the next three years.
This type of sponsorship is welcomed by the club. Football is big in South Africa and its good vehicle for Old Mutual to tap into the 'unbanked' market and also invest in football at the same time.
Sachsischer FC Lands at the 'Birds' Nest:
The German Provincial Under-21 team, Sachsischer, are touring South Africa and took the opportunity to play a match against our development players. The game was played in Germiston. Sachsischer won the game 2-1.
Head of Development, Paul Habib feels this was a great experience for the players and will maintain a close relationship with the German team for future invites on tournaments they might host.
Thabo Mofutsanyana Tournament:
Goodman Mazibuko and the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality will be hosting a joint soccer tournament in Warden. As a youngster, Goodman grew up in Warden where his grandfather still lives. Goodman later moved to Qwa-Qwa where he is based with his family.
The tournament will see teams from Vrede, Roadside, Warden and Memel take part on Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23, starting at 12pm. The winner of the final will play Moroka Swallows' Under-19 Development team.
Our development structures are begging to bear fruit. A player by the name of Thulani Ncepe has been signed onto the Moroka Swallows first team and will be fully incorporated into the first team in January 2007.
Thulani joined the club development ranks three years ago and was part of the Moroka Swallows Under-17 Development team. He will be joining Ramahlwe Mphahlele who also came from the Swallows development structure. We wish the boys good luck and hope they use this opportunity to make an impact and command regular spots in the first team.
Phumula Day-care Centre:
I got an invite to come and say a few words to the kids taken care of by Zanele Nkosi; a lady who runs Together as One Day Care Centre situated in the Eastrand. It is encouraging to see individuals that take the initiative to make difficult circumstances become positive in their community. Children are our future and we have to help them build the foundation.
The wins against Maritzburg United and Santos have been good for the team and it seems like the team is starting to find its form and consistenly. If we can keep this momentum and win our last game against Amazulu before the Christmas break it puts us in a positive frame of mind.
I would like to thank the KZN Provincial Committee for mobilising the supporters and Northwest fans for coming to cheer the team against Maritzburg and Santos respectively.
I would also like to encourage the North West region to formalise their member base so that we can a structured branches in the region for potential members to join.
It also gives the club a structured support base to activate if we are playing at Royal Bafokeng or other stadiums. For further details regarding forming a Moroka Swallows branch in the North West Province, please call Benjamin Khumalo on 083 530 9934.
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