Moroka Swallows are set to welcome Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Saturday when they resume their Absa Premiership league campaign. Kick-off is at 3pm.
The Dube Birds will target a win after losing their last three games, including a Telkom Knockout Cup match against Bidvest Wits by a 3-0 scoreline.
Coach Zeca Marques spoke to supersport.com about how he kept his charges active during the international break:
“We made sure we remained active during the break - we have been socialising with our players and building that mental strength and confidence we need to overturn our season,” said Marques.
“We have an open mind and know there is always room for improvement and we will do everything in our power to get a win against Aces.”
The Dube Birds are currently sitting at position 11 after seven games with three wins and four draws while their opponents are placed at position 10 with two draws and two wins from the same number of games.
In last season's encounters between the sides, Swallows won the home game 3-2 after a hattrick by Edward Manqele. Aces' goals were scored by Thabo Qalinge and Clifford Ngobeni. In the away encounter, Aces trashed Swallows 5-2 with Aces' goals coming from Tendai Ndoro (hattrick), Abia Nale and Miguel Timm. Swallows' replies came from Siyabonga Nomvethe and Edward Manqele.
Swallows will be looking to improve the set piece defending with 7 of the side's 17 goals conceded this season coming from set pieces.
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Kickoff is at 3pm and tickets are available at Computicket outlets.