Preview - Chiefs v Swallows
Moroka Swallows will look to bounce back from their disappointing midweek Castle Premiership loss when they take on a strangely off-colour Kaizer Chiefs side at an empty FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3.45pm).
Whilst Chiefs are currently languishing a lowly 12th in the Castle Premiership standings - having won just one match in eight starts thus far this season - they also have to cope without their die-hard fans this weekend, following the PSL's decision to discipline their supporters for unruly behaviour against Bidvest Wits a few weeks ago.
Supporters and staff on both camps confirmed their disappointment with those culprits who continue to tarnish the game of soccer in this country.
"People in the streets are laughing, they are not worried; it's (us) the real fans who are worried," well-known and passionate Kaizer Chiefs supporter, Saddam Maake, told the PSL website this week.
Maake, who believes such behaviour damages the club's reputation, added: "Now I can't go to the stadium and support the team I love so much!"
Swallows' Supporters and Heritage Manager Sipho Xulu was in unison with Chiefs fan Maake.
"We are unlucky to be the first opponents of Chiefs after their appeal was unsuccessful," he told the official Swallows website this week. "We hope that this is the last time that the league has to take a decision like this."
Ironically, the self-same Wits team that beat Chiefs in that ill-fated match back in September condemned Moroka Swallows to a 4-0 drubbing earlier this week, whilst Chiefs themselves hardly fared much better, going down 2-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic on 'Super Wednesday'.
The 'Birds' are currently two points ahead of the 'Amakhosi' in the PSL standings, knowing full well that a victory would stretch their lead over Chiefs, but also catapult them into the top eight once again.
"We have to win and grab the three points and move up the log," Swallows Communications Manager Sello Maugane confirmed.
"The game will determine whether we will have a wonderful weekend at the expense of Chiefs, hopefully the answer is a YES."