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Future is bright in the Nest



The Birds' future is bright, with prospects such as Sibusiso Khumalo, Sage Lottering and Lwazi Skhosana soaking in all the knowledge from the current flock.

Since the trio made the hop up to the first team, they have put their heads down and put in the work at training, so that they can be ready when called upon.

Player development is a process that could either build or destroy an otherwise promising youngster, but Khumalo, Lottering and Skhosana all confess that they are in no rush; acknowledging that they will have to wait their turn.

morokaswallows.co.za caught up with the future Birds stars to get a feel of how life has been in the Nest for them.

Sibusiso Khumalo

How has the experience been being at Swallows? "So far so good. I had told myself to just keep working hard and I have been rewarded with first team appearances. It's great because I feel that I worked hard to be in the team and I will continue to push that much extra."

Does playing and training with seasoned pros like Siyabong Nomvethe, MacBeth Sibaya and Lefa Tsutsulupa intimidate you? "It's been a positive experience for me because they give me a lot of advice, so that I can get to where they are and have been. I learn a lot from them because they put in a lot of work to better their game."

You are looked at as the future of the club; does that put extra pressure on you? "There's no pressure at all. It's actually an advantage. It's really up to me to respond positively and just keep doing what I'm doing, so I too can make a contribution to the team and have something to show for it. It means nothing to be told you have a future and you have done nothing for the team, I'm working hard so that I can play a significant role in the team."

Sage Lottering

How has the experience been being at Swallows? "It's been a great experience being at Swallows. My life time ambition was to turn pro and I have done it. Swallows is like a family too for me, I have made good friends with the players and management, from the beginning. Swallows have made me feel comfortable so it has just made life a lot easier."

Does playing and training with seasoned pros like Siyabong Nomvethe, MacBeth Sibaya and Lefa Tsutsulupa intimidate you? "I wouldn't say it has intimidated me because all Lefa, MacBeth and Bhele have done is to encourage me to be a better player. I have learnt more from them. They are not the kind of players that treat you differently just because they are seasoned pros; they like to see us youngsters perform well. Plenty of times they have pulled me aside and spoken to me and helped me improve not only as a pro, but as a person as well. So it has been great learning from them rather than being scared of them. They are good senior players to look up to and learn from."

You are looked at as the future of the club; does that put extra pressure on you? "For me personally I think pressure is sometimes a good thing, because it makes you a better player. Without it you become too relaxed and that's when you don't perform. The goalkeeper coach [Edgard da Silva] gives me a lot of support and tells me what to expect one day. He is obviously grooming me for the future so that when it's my turn then I won't have stage fright. I like it when you have positive pressure."

Lwazi Skhosana

How has the experience been being at Swallows? "It's been a thrilling experience for me. I feel that I have gained a bit of experience because I'm becoming a better a player. I'm still learning though, because I'm surrounded by guys who have achieved a lot in football. It's also great to be in the same team as Dikgang Mabalane, who has been my role model while growing up."

Does playing and training with seasoned pros like Siyabong Nomvethe, MacBeth Sibaya and Lefa Tsutsulupa intimidate you? "I wouldn't say intimidating, but then again at the same time I get to learn a few things about being a football player on and off the pitch as well. In order to be successful in football, you have to have a healthy lifestyle; so having them around has really helped me settle down."

You are looked at as the future of the club; does that put extra pressure on you? "Not really, as I said this is a learning curve, hopefully at the right moment I can take over and carry on from where they leave off. The only thing I have to do is keep working hard and when the time is right I will get my shot and carry on."




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