Haskins hungry for Premiership action

Fit-again Moroka Swallows midfielder Mark Haskins is hoping that he will get some game time when the 'Beautiful Birds' take on AmaZulu in Absa Premiership action at the Germiston Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3.30pm).

The inspirational midfielder has just returned to fitness, after battling a calf muscle strain, and is eager to regain his starting berth in the 'Birds' line-up.

"The guys have done well in my absence and I know it won't be easy for me to get back into the starting XI, but I am working hard at training and hopefully I will get some game time on Sunday," Haskins told the official Swallows website.

He added: "But having said that, I know it will be difficult for the technical team to change a winning team.

"I mean, the guys have just registered back-to-back wins and scored eight goals in the process, you don't want to tamper with that."
Haskins was full of praise for team-mate and striker James Chamanga, who has now scored seven goals in his last two matches.

"I said from the start that James' signing was a very good move by the Swallows management," revealed Haskins. "He gave us a lot of problems during his stay at SuperSport United and I was very excited when he joined us.

"He has always had the ability to score goals, it was a matter of when, not if, he was going to find his scoring form and I'm glad that he has found it so early in the season. I am expecting him to be the top goal-scorer in the 2007/08 Absa Premiership and judging by the way he is doing now, my prediction is not that far-fetched."

Meanwhile, Haskins said the 'Dube Birds' want to go into the Christmas break sitting high up in the Premiership standings.

"We want to be on 25 points and in order for us to achieve that we have to beat both AmaZulu and Wits," he said.

"We know that it won't be easy to achieve this, but lady luck seems to be on our side and that, mixed with Chamanga's goal-scoring spree, will see us achieve our target."

By Khaya Ndubane

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February 23
Absa Premiership:
Golden Arrows v Swallows
KO: 3.30pm
Venue: King Zwelithini

February 27
Absa Premiership:
Sundowns v Swallows
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Loftus Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Lost 1-4 v Santos
Venue: Olen Park Stadium

February 13, 2008
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-3 v Pirates
Venue: Olen Park Stadium

December 21, 2007
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

December 16
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium