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'In the Birds Nest' - May 29, 2007


Welcome to yet another edition of Moroka Swallows' ever-popular 'In the Birds Nest', as always jam-packed with first-team news, ladies and supporters' news.

FIXTURES:

First team:

The PSL season has come to a close and the team is now on a well-deserved break. Although we did not achieve all of our objectives, the team did well to fight back after a poor start and finally managed to finish in the top three. Thank you to our sponsors for their unwavering support! All at Swallows are extremely disappointed to have missed out on a Champions League place.

The team will reconvene on Wednesday, June 20 to prepare for our trip to Europe where we will be playing against VFL Wolfsburg (German Bundesliga) for the Volkswagen Cup. Most of the current squad is contracted for the coming season, which bodes well for the future.

Reserve team:

The PSL Reserve League season has ended and we finished in fifth place. We used the Reserve League primarily to blood youngsters from our Youth Development.

Development Team's fixtures:

June 2, Delville Stadium, Germiston:
(U17) Moroka Swallows v Corinthians at 2pm
(U19) Moroka Swallows v Corinthians at 3.30pm

Under-15 Nike Youth tournament:

Our team has been drawn into a group with Mamelodi Sundowns, African Sport and Arcadia Shepherds for the Under-15 Nike Youth Tournament. The tournament will be played on June 9 and 10 at the SAFA/Simba Stadium in Klipspruit, Soweto. Our first game will be played against Arcadia at 10am on Sunday, June 10.

We wish our boys the best of luck!

2006/07 PLAYERS' AWARDS:

Congratulations to the following players for picking up awards at the 2006/07 Players' Awards held on May 22:

Player of the Year: Bevan Fransman
Players' Player of the Year: Lovers Mohlala
Top goal-scorer: Henrico Botes
Most Improved Player: Rudi Isaacs
Best Young Player: Thulani Ngcepe
Volkswagen Award of Excellence: Gavin Hunt

Supporters' Branch meetings:

Sebokeng branch: Batloung Primary School, Zone 14 at 9am
Pimville branch: Musi High School, Pimville at 9am

Can supporters please send any future branch meeting requests to the following fax number: (011) 484-5027

COACHING POSITION:

The club and Gavin Hunt have officially announced that he will be leaving Moroka Swallows. Management, staff, players and the coach all concurred with sadness that his spell at the helm of Swallows had been a successful and fruitful one.
 
We leave each other on good terms and as good friends and will watch each other's progress closely. Gavin specifically mentioned that he had enjoyed his time at Swallows through both the great and the challenging times.

We wish him very well!

WORKSHOPS:

In preparation for the 2007/08 season we will be holding supporters' workshops around the country. Two delegates per branch will be invited to the workshops with the aim of strengthening communication channels between the branches and the club.

The means to revive the National Executive Council will also be discussed. Dates and venues will be published in the 'Birds Nest' on June 20.

It is time to say thank you to all of our supporters for this past season, we know that without you and your support we would not be where we are today. We hope that we have made you proud!

Have a good rest 'Bafowethu'!

Sipho Xulu
General Manager
Moroka Swallows FC

NEWS
- 'Birds' get Hearts test in Germany
- Man United Premier Cup kicks-off
- Swallows mourn Maseru Koaho's passing
- Gorowa happy with pre-season spirit
- Reserve League update - 17/05/07

For more information please visit
www.vw.co.za

TBC

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

POLL
Can Moroka Swallows beat Bundesliga team VFL Wolfsburg in the VW Challenge Trophy?

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 82%
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