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The Birds to bounce back



The Birds will be looking to bounce back to winning ways on the road, when they visit Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.30pm).

Head coach Zeca Marques is looking to wrap up the year on a high, much like he started his reign by guiding the team to the MTN8 title.

The expectation is that Moroka Swallows should easily come back with maximum points from Umlazi, but the coach is making sure overconfidence does not creep in.

"We discuss this on an ongoing basis with the players. There is one thing that is guaranteed in football - there are no victories before kick-off. Only after the 90 minutes are up can you confirm a victory," he said.

"Sometimes players take things for granted, they look at the club and look at the badge and undermine the opposition. But in modern football you can't let that happen otherwise you will pay the price."

Marques continued to explain that after a series of indifferent results, the players recognise that there is no better time to turn things around than now.

"The time has come for the players to show what they are worth because we have let a lot of points slip away from us," he added.

"We can put that down to concentration, but at the end of the day the players know their responsibility and they know what's at the stake.

"It's not just the points at stake here. We are playing for our pride, we're playing for our families, we're playing for the Swallows badge and for our supporters; so we have a lot on our plate and the players need to refocus on this responsibility going forward.

"Obviously we've got to be focused. Golden Arrows have a new coach, so everyone is trying to impress, so we've got to be on top of our game."




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