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Welcome to yet another bumper edition of the 'In the Birds Nest' column. As usual, the column is dominated by nothing but good news from within the camp of the 'Beautiful Birds'. These include management's congragulations to the first team for winning the inagural Mangaung Cup in Bloemfontein over the weekend, updates on the 'Junior Birds' and more...

'WELL DONE!' SAYS MANAGEMENT

Management would like to congratulate the team for their success in winning the inaugural Manguang Trophy! It was a fine effort against strong opposition and will serve well to prepare the team for the new season.

This is how we won it!

Semi-sinal score:
Full-time score: Kaizer Chiefs 0 - Swallows 0
Penalties: 3-4, our scorers were P. Mabedi, J. Mohlala, I. Gwekwerere and L. Tsutsulupa

Final score:
Full time score: Bloemfontein Celtics 0 - Swallows 3
Our scorers were: S. Dlamini, J. Mohlala and S. Themba

TEAM NEWS

Technical Team Organisational Structure
The technical team for the 2006/7 season is as follows:

Senior team:
Head Coach: Gavin Hunt
Assistant Coach: Vader Mophosho
Goalkeeper Coach: G. Fernandes
Team Doctor: E. Nematswarana
Physiotherapist: Vacant
Kit Manager: P. Molefe
Team Driver: P. Moroka

Development teams:
Development Head Coach: P. Habib
Catering Manager: X. Mkhalipha
House Mother: H. Dlamini
Physiotherapist: R. Moloi

Under-15s
Coach: P. Trusser

Under-17s
Coach:  R. Ketze
Assistant Coach: T. Molefe

Under-19s
Coach: J. Mnini and A. Mpondo
Assistant Coach: K. Kabai
Team Manager: J. Katelo

SCIENTIFIC TRAINING
The team is currently negotiating with a local Sports Injury and Performance Centre, to ensure that the first team and the youth teams have the highest level of sports science at their disposal, i.e. for training, recovery and on match days.

INJURY LIST
The following first team players are injured: T. Mokoro, A. Oppermann, M. Ouseb, G. Mazibuko, and B. Gugger. We hope that they will recover soon as we need to have them back before the start of the season. Ouseb is however expected to stay on the touchlines for a longer period.

TRIALISTS
The following players are currently training with the first team on trial: 'Lovers' Mohlala I. Loshabane. Both players are left-backs.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Under-15s:
A whopping total of 16 Moroka Swallows Youth Development Programme players were selected to represent Gauteng East District in the SAFA District Tournament, which will be held at Mark's Park in Johannesburg at the end of August.

Under-17s:
The following players are currently in Egypt with the Under-17 National team: Ramahlwe Mphahlelele (captain), Thulani Ngcipe, Matalingoana Serame.

Under-19s:
This team will be playing its first game in the SuperSport Under-19 Soccer Tournament, which will be played at the SAFA-Simba Stadium in Pimville, Soweto.

They will play against Santos FC on Friday, August 4 (10.45), your support will be much appreciated.

SOCIAL RESPONSOBILITY

In line with our Social Responsibility Programme, we recently paid a visit to the Sunflower House of St. Nicholas Children's Hospice in Richard Park, Bloemfontein.

The Sunflower House is only a small part of the St Nicolas Children's Hospice, which hosts 20 children. The Hospice as a whole hosts approximately 700 children in different homes.

It was only a matter of seconds before the players were holding, cuddling and playing with the children. We took pictures, gave away t-shirts and handed them a cash donation.

MEMBERSHIP CARDS

All members who have received their cards are reminded not to use their card until they have received their secret pin code. Should you not receive your pin code within 21 days after receiving your card, please contact the office at 011-484 6131 during office hours.

HUMAN RESOURCESS MANAGEMENT

Marketing Department
The club will unveil its new Public Relations Officer (PRO) during the month of August.

He will be exclusively introduced on the club's official website, morokaswallows.co.za, and will undergo a one month induction before his official appointment in September.

Security Department
We are very proud to announce the appointment of Eddie Caluza as the club's Security Manager.

Eddie will be responsible for team and matchday security and co-ordination.

He has a wealth of experience as a previous member of the South African Police Services (SAPS), as well as international experience, which he attained as a member of the Welsh-based Cardiff City Football Club (F.C) in the United Kingdom. The club is looking to set new standards with regards to the supporters' matchday experience and we wish Eddie well in helping us to achieve these goals.

'TALKING TO THE BIRDS'
With Sipho Xulu

It's a good start
  
There is no better way to start the season in which we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary, than with what we have done by winning both off-season competitions the VW Challenge Trophy and the Mangaung Trophy!

Thank you Maswaiswai for your support, now we must have staying power. I would also like to

Let's keep it moving 'Bafowethu'!!

Sipho Xulu
Supporters and Heritage Manager

NOTICE BOARD

Supporters Branch Meetings

Sunday, August 6

Kimberly Branch
Sol Plaatjie Primary School (11.00)
Dube Branch
Spanish Inn, Orlando West (10.00)
Zamdela Branch
111 Retlhabile Thembalethu, Zamdela (09.00)
Momoja Branch
Stompana's place No. 502 Bogaga Street Rockville (09.00)

Wednesday, August 9
Polokwane Branch
TLC Park, Thabo Mbeki Street Polokwane (09.00)
Kwa-Nobuhle Branch
Jabavu Stadium Kwa-Nobuhle Uitenhage (11.00)

Log on to the official Moroka Swallows website morokaswallows.co.za, for the latest updates from within the world of the 'Beautiful Birds'.

Till the next time!

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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

POLL
Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?
Yes
63%
No
37%