'Junior Birds' off to the US

Sibusiso Mlaba, Evert Valiapis, Kelly Varner and Nkosana Mahalamba - all members of the Moroka Swallows Youth Development Programme - will leave South Africa to attend trials in Texas, United States.

The three youngsters were spotted by a visiting talent scout and will leave our shores on Youth Day, June 16. They are expected to be back on Tuesday, June 27.

"The youngsters have been invited for trials by the Brad Friedel Premier Academy in the southern state of Ohio and if they make it past this first stage then they will placed with a European team, where they are expected to undergo further development," Reginald Ketse, coach of the Birds' Under-17 squad told the Moroka Swallows official website.

Friedel is a goalkeeper at English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers.

The four players will return in time to join their counterparts in their quest to win the Sakha'abanqobi Tournament, which kicks-off on Thursday, June 28.

For more updates on the youngsters' trials log on to:


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Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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