'Birds' out to reclaim second spot

Moroka Swallows will be looking to reclaim second position on the Castle Premiership log when they take on struggling Maritzburg United at Germiston Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

The 'Beautiful Birds' temporarily gave up that second spot to Silver Stars, who beat log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 on Wednesday night, but Swallows striker Sibusiso Dlamini is confident that they will topple Stars.

"We are anticipating a very tough game against Maritzburg, but we intend to beat them so that we can reclaim our second spot," Dlamini told the official Swallows website.

He added: "We want to play in the African Champions League next season and we know that in order to do that we need to finish second.

"The guys know what is at stake and we will go out there for the kill. This is our home game and we have to win it. I know we can."

'Spoko', as Dlamini is known in footballing circles, has promised the Maritzburg defence a torrid time - if he gets some game time on Saturday.

Either way, however, he will support the 'Birds', with Dlamini concluding: "[But] I will still be behind the team all the way."

Meanwhile, defender Patrick Mabedi is a doubtful starter for this encounter as he is suffering from a mild groin strain, but Jacob Mokhasi has recovered from his right ankle sprain.

By Khaya Ndubane

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Friday, May 11
Castle Premiership:
Santos v Swallows
Kick-off: 8pm
Venue: Athlone Stadium

Sunday, May 20

Castle Premiership:
Swallows v SuperSport 
Kick-off: 3pm
Venue: Germiston 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

Can Swallows maintain their second spot until the end of the season?