'Birds' hope to hang on to second spot

Moroka Swallows will be hoping to remain in second position in the Castle Premiership standings when they host SuperSport United at Germiston Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A victory for the 'Birds' in this mouth-watering encounter will ensure that Swallows join champions Mamelodi Sundowns in next season's African Champions League - something that Swallows striker Henrico Botes is looking forward to.

"Playing in a Champions League is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, therefore we will do everything in our power to win the United encounter," Botes told the official Swallows website.

He added: "It won't be easy to beat United though, as they have proved to be tough opponents [to beat]. They also beat us in our first round match.

"But we are playing at home this time around - we are playing at Germiston Stadium, our happy hunting ground. We haven't lost a match there and we don't intend to let United break that record."

The lanky Namibian international striker scored a brace in last week's 3-0 victory over Santos and is hoping to add one more goal to his tally against United.

"To me it doesn't really matter if whether I score or not, as long as we win the game, but I will try hard to score against United," Botes concluded.

Botes urged the 'Beautiful Birds' supporters to come out in numbers to support the team.

By Khaya Ndubane

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May 20
Castle Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v SuperSport
Venue: Germiston Stadium

May 11
Castle Premiership:
Won 3-0 v Santos
Venue: Athlone Stadium

April 28
Castle Premiership:
Won 3-2 v Maritzburg
Venue: Germiston Stadium

April 21
Castle Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

April 8
Castle Premiership
Won 3-1 v Celtic
Venue: Seisa Ramabodu

April 1
Castle Premiership
Drew 1-1 v Chiefs
Venue: Germiston Stadium

March 11
Castle Premiership
Won 2-0 v Wits
Venue: Bidvest Stadium

March 3
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Arrows
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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