Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa says they will surprise a lot of naysayers with their performance when the season resumes.
The Birds skipper, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday, says celebrations had to be cut short because of the mission at hand for the remainder of the campaign.
morokaswallows.co.za caught up with Tsutsulupa to let the man speak for himself and also got him to answer fan questions collected via the club's Facebook and Twitter platforms.
How are the midseason preparations going? "So far so good. We had a lot of friendly matches and we ran a lot to get our fitness back up, so everything is falling into place."
With the whole country enjoying the exciting Africa Cup of Nations, how much are you missing the Premiership action? "We can always use a break, so it was welcomed by us. But now it's back to business. We definitely enjoyed AFCON."
How is the mood in the camp? "I think everybody understands the task that is ahead of us in terms of picking up points. We are focused and working very hard. I believe by next week we are going to ready."
- Mike Vorster: Where do you think we need to strengthen our team's performance? "Games are won by scoring goals, so we simply need to score more goals than the opposition."
- Nceba Phakathi: What can you promise the fans of aMaswaiswai in terms of the cup performances this season? "We always play to win. We always try to do our best and we always want to make the fans happy. Sometimes it doesn't work out that way. The best I can say is that we are going all out to win matches."
- Tshidi Hellen: If there's one thing you could change about the team what would it be? "I think we need to be more aggressive in our approach to games. We need to be more dominant."
- Mthabi Mthabilism: When are you going to hang up your boots? "Honestly I haven't thought about such, so retiring is the furthest thing on my mind right now."
- Goodhope Madela: What do you want to achieve with the team before you retire? "I want to win the league. I think that is very important. I also still need to win the Telkom Knockout before I retire."
Corbin AKA Zito (@corbzito5): Who was the toughest player you ever had to play against in the centre of midfield? "They are all different from the day I started playing until now. I played against some tough guys like Roger Fuetmba and Charles Motlohi - they have all given me a ride."
Lucas mluca (@MabopaneLuca): Where do you see the team finish at the end of the season? "You know I think we're going to surprise a lot of people in the second round. We did not have a good first half of this season, so our target is to collect as many points as we can and see how far that can take us. One thing I am sure of is that we will defend our top eight trophy next season."