Swallows in mean mood for Knockout
WITH the MTN8 trophy already in the bag this season, expectations will be soaring for Moroka Swallows to add another - and the side has a shot at the Telkom Knockout competition.
The Dube Birds will first have to go through Maritzburg United to keep any hopes of adding to their trophy cabinet. Swallows travel to the Harry Gwala Stadium this weekend for tomorrow's match (8.15pm).
"This is a knockout, it all depends on who handles the nerves on the day and how you settle down into the match," said Birds coach Zeca Marques. "The Telkom Knockout is one of those trophies we want to take into our cabinet and we are looking forward to that and we've to believe we can do it."
United will fancy their chances of progressing because Ernst Middendorp's side have shown some good form in the Premier League. They sit in fifth place on the PSL log, with just one defeat from seven matches.
United face the possibility of facing the MTN8 champs without talisman Delron Buckley, whose fitness is a worry because of a back injury.
Swallows' injury concerns continue. Frontman Siyabonga Nomvethe, who has missed the side's past few games, is still unavailable after undergoing surgery this week to fix a toe ligament.
Marques believes that snatching a cup last month is a boost for the side ahead of the Knockout competition.
"The nice thing about being a champ is that you start behaving like a champ. There's a renewed spirit and belief in the team," he said.
Elsewhere, Ajax Cape Town, who are still without a head coach, host SuperSport United at Athlone Stadium at 3pm.
The Capetonians picked themselves up after a 5-1 thrashing by rookies AmaTuks and the subsequent firing of Maarten Stekelenburg last month. They will be hoping go one better than their 1-1 stalemate with Matsatsantsa in the opening match of the season. In Bethlehem today, Free State Stars take on Lamontville Golden Arrows at Goble Park (3pm).