Hunt: 'Let there be goals!'
Tuesday September 19 2006
Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt says he is looking forward to the end of his side's goal drought when the 'Beautiful Birds' meet Mamelodi Sundowns at the Germiston Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Placed-tenth on the log standings after three matches, Swallows is yet to score a single goal in an open match. The last time Gavin Hunts boys scored was through a penalty in their win against Silver Stars two weeks ago.
An irritated Hunt, whose team was held to a pathetic goalless draw by rookies Benoni Premier United in what he termed the worst playing surface, Meadowlands Stadium, said they need to rediscover their goal power against a Sundowns star-studded side that atone their two preview bad results after beating winless Bidvest Wits University 2-0 over the weekend.
"The pitch at Meadowands Stadium was not up to scratch, even lower divisions teams cannot play in that pitch", said the former coach of the season.
"Despite the pitch, my players were woeful. We failed to capitalise on their sloppy defence and if we cant beat teams like United then we are facedt with another bleak season."
The former Hellenic and Black Leopards admitted that playing against Sundowns represented the biggest challenge to the VW-sponsored side.
Facing Sundowns is a big test for my team since the season started. It will be a tough match but my concern is my team and I am not going to worry who they play because planning for a team with such big name players is difficult. I hope my strikers break their goal-drought syndrome and score for the first time in an open match against Sundowns".
Swallows will still be minus their fire fighter in chief and skipper Goodman Mazibuko who Hunt said he dearly miss. The 'Birds', who once represented the powerhouse of South African football, last won the league title 41 years ago.
Buoyed by their victory over the Students, Sundowns goalkeeper Calvin Marlin admitted that they face a stern challenge against the inconsistent Swallows side.
"After losing five crucial points we were gutted but winning over Wits has installed a sense of confidence within the guys and I am optimistic that we will beat Swallows", said the Bafana Bafana shot stopper.
With both teams playing the lucrative SAA Supa 8 against Kaizer Chiefs and cup- specialists SuperSport United respectively, Marlin said he hope his teammates will not hold up to the tackles in order to play their crucial semifinal spot over the weekend.
"We are all professionals and as defending champions, it is important to set out sights on the league title. We want to do well in the SAA Cup matches but the league is the most important and I guess we share the same sentiments at Sundowns".
Moroka Swallows-Lefa Tsutsulupa
The stocky midfielder was a revelation to watch last term but he is yet to reach his imperious best. Crafty and stylish is the only way to describe him. His wonderful displays in midfield will give Sundowns something to ponder about.
The pin-sized striker whose deft touches and incredible stamina will be Sundowns trump card as they seek their second win of the season against. After breaking his goal drought by scoring a goal against Wits, expect his to increase to his tally in a bid to catch early pacesetter and on-song Chris Katango of Jomo Cosmos.
By Patrick Baloyi/Backpagepix