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Birds Withdraw From CAF Cup


Moroka Swallows MD Leon Prins confirmed that the Birds will not be competing in this season's CAF Cup.

Prins says that the club's focus is primarily on performing well and getting to the top of the tree in South African soccer, as well as building up the brand of Moroka Swallows by getting into the African Champion's League.

"The decision was not taken lightly, and much deliberation was made. The decision was made in the long term interests of Moroka Swallows," he said.

"In business, it is all about allocation of resources, and I believe that funds are better allocated to building and improving the team at this point in time.

"In order for teams to be successful in Africa, an excessively large squad is required, and difficulties can occur due to heavy fixtures lists, which increases the work load on players and therefore reduces their effectiveness.

"Look at other teams who have taken part in African competitions - you can see that significant strain is taken by the squad, particularly at the beginning of the season.

"We are very mindful of the importance to grow the brand of Moroka Swallows and our ambitions are to take the club to the top and we need to do this in a carefully structured manner.

"Our short term ambition is to do as well as we can in the PSL and thereby qualify for the African Champions League, which is our real target."

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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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