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Telkom KO preview - Chiefs v Swallows


Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa insists that he is not under any undue pressure ahead of the 'Dube Birds' Last 16 Telkom Knockout clash against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday night (kick-off 8pm).

Swallows have not had the best of starts in the 2007/08 Absa Premier League and are currently placed 10th after winning only one of the five matches played so far. But Gorowa believes that things will change for Swallows soon.

"I think we need to improve by huge leaps, but I certainly don't think I'm under any pressure," Gorowa told the official Swallows website.

He added: "We've got to approach every game as the game of our lives. We really have to go out there and win things; starting with the Telkom Knockout - we've got to do it for the pride of our supporters."

Gorowa's confidence will be boosted by the fact that Chiefs have not done well either this season, the 'Amakhosi' having lost two, drawn two and won just one of their five league matches thus far in 2007/08.

But just like any other derby, past records will count for nothing when these two Soweto giants collide on Saturday, with Chiefs and Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala expecting nothing less than a fight from Swallows.

Tshabalala, who has been in fine form for his club this season, singled out Swallows midfield general Lefa Tsutsulupa as the major threat amongst the opposition.

"When it comes to Lefa we all know that he is a dangerous player and the kind of guy who can create a goal out of nothing; it is up to us to ensure that he is kept as quiet as possible," Tshabalala told Chiefs' official club website.

"Our coach has told us to expect a tough game and take nothing away from Swallows as they have a very strong squad - no matter who they bring off the bench.

"They just replace one good player with another," added Tshabalala. "[But] as a midfielder I have a job to do and that is to deliver the right kind of balls to the strikers and the rest is up to them.

"For me the thing is to continue playing well, game-in and game-out, and create as many chances as I can. The more opportunities you have the greater your chances of finding the back of the net are."

Chiefs, however, have struggled to regularly find the back of the net this season, with Tshabalala saying: "The goals will come; we need to make sure that our build-up play remains as good as it has been.

"We have laid the foundations, now it's time for us to complete the construction process and win Saturday's game and then begin to think about the quarter-finals."

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February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 3.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

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 13, 2008
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-3 v Pirates
Venue: Olenpark 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

POLL
Bevan is staying in the nest! Your views?

Great news - we can continue to build around him!
 54%
Wonderful, but there is too much pressure on him.
 32%
It doesn't matter, as I was already resigned to losing him...
 14%