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Birds, Bucs in round 3

By unknown | Feb 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

After two stalemates it is round three for Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates when they meet in the Absa Cup last-32 stage at Potchefstroom Stadium on Saturday night.

The two soccer giants drew in the first and second round of the Castle Premiership, now they are meeting in a must-win encounter.

Their last two meetings were exciting, and this time round are bound to play surpass their gamesmanship before a large crowd.

The Birds have always produced top form against the Buccaneers and this is likely to be a no-holds-barred affair.

Their rivalry started in 1947 after the formation of Swallows, and their clashes used to make fans to sit up and take notice.

Swallows last won a trophy in 2004 when they beat a now defunct Manning Rangers in Bloemfontein in the same competition. Since then the side have never won any silverware.

The league is out of reach for the Beautiful Birds from the Dube aviary and the only solace for the team, the management and their loyal supporters will be this cup.

The side's spokesman Sello Maugane said Pirates escaped by the skin of their teeth in their last meeting at Royal Bafokeng Stadium when they were held to a 2-all draw.

"Seemingly our guys lacked the much needed staying power then, but coach Gavin (Hunt) has been working on that. We lacked concentration towards the end of the game and gave away silly goals," he said.

They are meeting a formidable side in Pirates, who never stop trying even when the chips are down.

Swallows will bank on Mame Niang, Songwe Chalwe, Henrico Botes, Lefa Tsutsulupa, Cecil Oersen and Goodman Mazibuko.


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