Absa Cup preview - Swallows v Pirates
Moroka Swallows' strong performance against Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday will serve as a warning to Orlando Pirates, whom they play in an Absa Cup round of 32 clash at Potchefstroom Stadium.
Pirates are still hurting from the penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the 2006 Absa Cup final.
Swallows clinched South Africa's most prestigious cup competition, the Absa Cup, in 2004 when they defeated Manning Rangers in the final.
And if the league meetings between these two teams earlier in the season are anything to go by, then this cup tie could well be a tense and hard-fought affair.
The two traditional rivals meet again for the third time in the space of a month, and Pirates coach Bibey Mutombo insisted in his column on the official Pirates website that they had analysed their opponents and would prepare meticulously for the match.
"We know Swallows very well," said Mutombo. "We have played them twice recently and we have managed to analyse their style of play."
"They make use of their superior height by executing a lot of aerial balls. We are going to prepare very hard because we need to advance to the next round."
"Having said that, they also know us well and they will do everything to knock us out of this competition," concluded the 'Buccaneers' mentor.
Swallows coach Gavin Hunt, has transformed the ?Birds? into one of the toughest units in the top flight.
Pirates, however, have turned around their dismal early-season form and will be desperate to gain redemption by putting in a strong bid for Absa Cup glory.
The 'Birds' and the 'Buccaneers' have met before in the Absa Cup. Swallows emerged 2-0 victors in the 2004 quarterfinals, on their way to winning the competition.
Match preview by Backpagepix