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Birds eye Nedbank Cup win

Moroka Swallows will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run when they clash with Santos in a crucial Nedbank Cup Last 16 tie at the Germiston Stadium on Friday night (kick-off 8pm).

The 'Dube Birds' have been on a fine run of form of late - having gone unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions - and advanced to the last 16 of this lucrative competition thanks to a 1-0 victory over African Warriors.

However, they will find it tough going against Santos, as the Cape Town side has been unbeaten in their last eight games (seven league matches and one cup encounter).

However, midfielder Lefa Tsutsulupa does not appear to be too worried about this.

He told the club's official website that preparations for the game are on track and the team is only concentrating on their own performance.

"Its going to be one hell of a game and with the prize money on offer we will be going all out to advance to the next round."

He added: "Obviously, it?s going to be a tough game because Santos have been playing really well lately, but so have we."

"We have been working hard and I think we will show that on the field," Tsutsulupa concluded.

The visitors will welcome Mogogi Gabonamong and captain Musa Otieno back to the squad, while Thembile Kanono, Thando Mngomeni and Ryan Chapman will not travel to Germiston due to suspension.

The ?Dube Birds? can claim a better overall head-to-head record, winning 12 matches to 10 in their 33 games in both league and cup play since 1991, and will be hoping to add one more win to take them closer to the R6-million prize money.

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March 23
Absa Premiership
Cosmos v Swallows
Venue: Mehlareng Stadium
KO: 3.30pm

April 6
Absa Premiership
Swallows v Chiefs
Venue: Olen Park
KO: 3.30pm

March 19
Nedbank Cup
Won 1-0 v Warriors
Venue: Charles Mopeli?Stadium

March 9
Absa Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v Thanda
Venue: Olenpark

March 5
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

March 2
Absa Premiership
Won 3-1 v Celtic
Venue: Johannesburg Stadium

February 27
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-1 v Sundowns
Venue: Loftus Stadium

Can Swallows go all the way in the Nedbank Cup?

Yes, they can, cup football is suited to their game!
No, cup football is too much of a lottery.
Perhaps - but they need to build on their recent form.