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'Birds' to face Heart of Midlothian


Moroka Swallows will play Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian in Germany on Saturday, July 21 when they round off their European pre-season tour. The 'Beautiful Birds' will lock horns with Edinburgh giants Hearts at the Dünnefeldstadion in Meschede at 5pm.

Castle Premiership club Moroka Swallows will fly out to Germany for an international club friendly match against Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg from July 16-22, it was announced on Thursday.

During this time, the team will participate in the first International Volkswagen Challenge Trophy against Bundesliga team, VFL Wolfsburg. With all eyes on South Africa in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, plans are already in progress for Moroka Swallows to host VFL Wolfsburg in South Africa in 2008.

The team will be staying and training at the Sporthotel Fuchsbachtal situated in Barsinghausen, which accommodated the Polish National team during the recent 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Facilities include a full indoor soccer centre, a medical centre, Astroturf pitches, a 3000-seater stadium and outdoor training pitches. The team will also have the opportunity to visit the world famous AutoStadt at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, which documents the history of the Volkswagen Group.

Commenting on the forthcoming tour, the newly appointed Moroka Swallows coach, Ian Gorowa said: ?This exercise will give us an opportunity to assess ourselves technically and tactically, considering the fact that we will be playing against two top European teams. A first-class pre season tour lays a strong foundation for the upcoming season and gives us a chance to examine a few combinations. The trip will serve as a team-building exercise and bonding experience.?

Gorowa further stated: ?It will be good for team spirit as it will help the young and new players to familiarise themselves with their teammates. The entire technical team are looking forward to the tour as they will interact with their German counterparts to share knowledge and ideas.?

The club will conclude their pre-season preparations with a final game against Scottish Premiership team, Heart of Midtlothian FC, from Edinburgh. Heart of Midlothian FC will be on tour in Germany for their pre-season training and will not take the encounter against Moroka Swallows lightly as they are scheduled to face Barcelona shortly afterwards.

The CEO of Moroka Swallows, Leon Prins, is excited about the upcoming trip.

?This is a fantastic opportunity for the club and their players to visit Europe to participate in an international match against a top -flight Bundesliga team like VFL Wolfsburg. We will be taking this opportunity to ensure that we are properly prepared for the 2007/2008 season and you can expect to see some exciting youngsters from our development teams coming along for experience.

" I would like to thank Volkswagen South Africa for this exciting first and we look forward to making our sponsor and South Africa proud,? he concluded.

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For more information please visit
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September 23
Castle Premiership:
Celtic v Swallows
KO: 3pm
Venue: Seisa Ramabodu

September 29
Telkom Knockout:
Chiefs v Swallows
KO: 8pm
Venue: Loftus Stadium

September 16
Castle Premiership:
Drew 1-1 v Arrows
Venue: Germiston Stadium

September 2
Castle Premiership:
Drew 1-1 v Santos
Venue: Athlone Stadium

August 26
Castle Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v Sundowns
Venue: Germiston Stadium

August 18
SAA Supa 8:
Lost 1-2 v SuperSport
Venue: Olympia Stadium

August 15
Castle Premiership:
Won 1-0 v Pirates
Venue: Ellis Park Stadium

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