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The Birds lose out in Umlazi



The Birds will have to wait another match day to find the win they so crave, after losing 0-2 to Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini stadium on Tuesday night.

Zeca Marques started with Sibusiso Kumalo at right back, after the youngster impressed there when covering the loss of Gilbert Mapemba in the match against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Felix Obada was shifted to striker, supported by Lerato Chabangu and Dikgang Mabalane on either wing as the coach looked to attack with speed.

Between posts goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe got the nod and showed his abilities early on with an instinctive save with his foot to stop a shot in the crowded box.

In the 26th minute, however Arrows were not going to be denied as Musa Bilankulu redirected Sibusiso Hadebe's corner-kick past Mathibe for the first goal of the match.

On the other end, defender Ashraf Hendricks and midfielder Lerato Chabangu were closest to scoring for the Birds.

Hendricks rose highest to connect with Lefa Tsutsulupa's corner, but his header did not have enough to beat goalkeeper Pavels Steinbors.

Chabangu controlled a Shere Lekgothoane's pass well, but he too could not beat the Arrows goalminder.

The hosts would take the 1-0 lead to the half-time break, giving the Birds the chance to regroup.

Swallows returned from the pause eager to set the record straight. Their challenge was dealt a huge blow however, when young Kumalo was shown his second yellow card of the match and thereby sent off.

The Birds pressed on despite being a man down and looked likely to be rewarded, as they were getting the ball into the Arrows box only to let down by the last ball.

Against the run of play, Mxolisi Macuphu doubled the home side's lead from a counter attack with the Birds outnumbered at the back.

Swallows will now look for redemption against SuperSport United, when the two sides sqaure off at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium on Friday night.




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