Birds Building Bridges In Africa

Moroka Swallows are currently on a mission to Africa, where they are scouting for players and also building relationships with soccer clubs on the continent.

Dube Birds coach Gavin Hunt has been in Dakar, Senegal, for the last six days and is also set to visit Namibia and Zambia, while Swallows MD Gavin Bernstein is possibly set to travel to the DRC.

Swallows boss Leon Prins explained the thinking behind the club's African mission:

"The club management took a decision that we need to spread our wings," said Prins. "Gavin Hunt will be travelling to a number of African countries where we will have the assistance of various local agents and other connections. It will be good to get our club associated to other clubs on the continent."

Prins explained that although the club remains committed to bringing South African youngsters up through the ranks, it also important for them to achieve immediate success as youth development is usually a long-term commitment.

"We want to improve on our current standings and sometimes it is hard to do this with only the pool of local players available to us," continued Prins.

"Although we still maintain our strong emphasis on youth development, especially with our junior sides doing very well, we realise the importance of being successful right now, as well as in the future."

With African-born players like George Weah, Patrick Viera, Samuel Eto'o, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure proving that the continent can produce the best players in the world, Swallows' African mission may just unearth the next African superstar...

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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

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?