Ian - 'Botswana trip was good for us'

Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa believes that his team will benefit immensely from their recent trip to Botswana as the 'Dube Birds' prepare for Saturday's Gauteng Challenge match against SuperSport United.

The 'Beautiful Birds' will face United in the first game of the double-header tournament at 2pm and that match will be followed by Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns at 4pm.

The 'Dube Birds' registered two consecutive wins in Botswana last weekend; beating Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-0 on Friday night, before hammering Extension Gunners 4-1 on Saturday.

"The trip was very good for the team as it afforded us an opportunity to try out different combinations," Gorowa told the official Swallows website.

He added: "Our main aim was to give our fringe players and the new players an opportunity to gel with the team and I'm happy to say we did achieve that. The players looked sharp during the two games that we played and the victories have also boosted the morale in the camp.

"I want to thank the people of Botswana for the way they treated us. We were very well looked after and everything was organised professionally. The people there were also very friendly and I want to thank everyone who made us feel at home."

Gorowa, meanwhile, revealed that he would be using mostly the fringe players and his new players when Swallows take on United in the Gauteng Challenge.

"Preparations for this tournament are going well and we are looking forward to it. Playing against these teams will afford us an opportunity to gauge how ready we are for the second half of the season," concluded Gorowa.

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