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'In the Birds Nest' - 05/12/07


Welcome to yet another bumper edition of Mororka Swallows' ever-popular 'In the Birds Nest', where General Manager Sipho Xulu gives us updates on the latest developments from within the 'Beautiful Birds'.

FIRST TEAM:

Latest league results:

Moroka Swallows 1 Supersport United 2
Moroka Swallows 1 Jomo Cosmos FC 3

Absa Premiership fixtures:

Sunday, December 9:
Germiston Stadium
Moroka Swallows v Platinum Stars at 3pm

Wednesday, December 12:
Goble Park Stadium
Free State Stars v Moroka Swallows at 3pm

Sunday, December 16:
Germiston Stadium
Moroka Swallows v AmaZulu at 3pm

Injury list: Bjorn Gugger, Tebogo Monyai, Cecil Orsen and George Hummel.

Suspension: Hellings Mwakasungula.

On trials:
Sphamandla Vilakazi (From development - midfielder)
Phumelele Bhengu (From development - striker)
Brent Geyer (Former Ajax Cape Town defender)

National call-up:
Thulani Ngcephe is currently with the SA national Under-20 team for the Metropolitan COSAFA Youth Championships staged in the North West, Ramahlwe Mphahlele will also join the squad.

Development, national team call-up:
Youngster Serame Matlingone has been called up to join the SA national U17 team for the COSAFA Championships taking place in Namibia.

LADIES TEAM:

Latest league results:
Moroka Swallows 2 Springs Home Sweepers 0
Mamelodi Sundown FC 2 Moroka Swallows 0

Upcoming fixtures:

Sunday, December 9:
Delville Sports Grounds
Moroka Swallows v Soweto All Stars at 11am

National team call-up:
Noluthando Vilakazi is currently with Ladies National team for a game against Ghana to take place in Ghana on the weekend of the December 9-10.

Swallows fly with Sparrow:

Moroka Swallows join hands with Sparrow Ministries - a non-profit organisation situated on the borders of Florida and Maraisburg in Johannesburg.

The 'Beautiful Birds' players and technical staff will take time off to hold soccer clinics for the Sparrow Soccer Team, as well as providing Mitre soccer equipment on Wednesday, December 5.

Sparrow Ministries is a Hospice caring for over 300 children and adults who are destitute and affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. It functions as an in-patient facility offering comprehensive medical, nursing, educational, spiritual and occupational care.

Look out for the Sparrow children at the stadium when Swallows take on Platinum Stars on Sunday, December 9!

SUPPORTERS CLUB:

Calling 'The Birds':

Branch meetings:

Sunday, December 9:

Dube branch:
Spanish Inn-Dube Soweto at 10am
Contact Vusi: 072 201 5226

Zamdela branch:
111 Bethabile Thamberlethu-Sasolburg at 9am

Atteridgeville branch:
31 Ramaro Street Soulsville Tshwane at 10am
Contact Aron: 073 158 7151

Bophelong branch:
266 Molefi Street, Bophelong at 9am

Qwa-Qwa branch:
Da-Grill at 10am
Contact Ntate Motsei: 082 920 6617

Membership cards upgrading:

All members who are still to up-grade their membership card are urged to so before the 1st March 2008 to avoid the lapsing of their cards of which they paid R30.

To upgrade they are required to top-up by R50 and have their membership cards valid for 12months.

Any membership which is not upgraded before the deadline will cease to be valid and will require a full membership fee to be renewed.

Talking to the 'Birds':

'Maswaiswai' amahle! Hao sena lehlohonolo hao nalona, kodwa sekwanele!

'Maswaimane', the results of our games are a matter of concern to all of us, as we find ourselves in a difficult position which requires our unity in order to move forward.

We understand and accept the disappointment of our members and please know that the management, players and the technical team are just as disappointed.

In the best interests of the club and its sponsors we need to stand together and stand firm, let us get behind our players and the technical team more than ever before in order for us to turn the corner.

'Maswaimane? we have done it before and we will do it again! Our future happiness and the strength of the 'Beautiful Birds' is in our hands collectively.

Together 'Maswaiswai'!

Issued by:
Sipho Xulu
General Manager
Moroka Swallows

NEWS
- Oersen back in training
- Inclement weather grounds 'Birds'
- Mphahlele passes Matric
- Swallows fly with Sparrow
- 'Birds' mourn Goitseone
For more information please visit
www.vw.co.za

February 13
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Pirates
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 21
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
What did you think of Swallows' performance against Platinum Stars?

The guys were marvellous!
 15%
Very good indeed
 4%
We need more peformances like this one
 81%