Mazibuko: 'We have to make it count'
Friday September 22 2006
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".
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.
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.