swallows in crisis

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Moroka Swallows, the once enigmatic and exciting Birds, have become a shadow of their former selves.

The side that was revered and respected by most teams in the elite league years ago can no longer fly, because their wings have been clipped.

Though the second round of the league has just started, the Birds have become easy prey to some teams and their performance leaves much to be desired.

Swallows have recently failed to produce the scintillating displays that used to make them one of the most entertaining sides in the paid ranks.

Recently they have lost to Wits (1-0), Pirates (3-0), Santos (4-1) and Golden Arrows (1-0). In four games they have conceded eight goals.

What a shame for a team of Swallows' calibre.

They were known as the Butcher Birds in the past and now that enigma and their football prowess has gone to pot. If luck were sold, they would have bought some to stave off their 11th position on the log.

Swallows are meeting Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership game at Loftus tomorrow night and they need to redeem themselves against the equally wounded Brazilians.

The side's chief executive, Leon Prins, and general manager Sipho Xulu both have no clue as to what needs to be done to pull the side out of the quagmire.

"It's hard to explain," they both said after the Birds' fourth successive defeat, this time at the hands of Arrows at the weekend.

"Swallows are going through a bad spell and nothing is coming right for us," they said. "We consider this a crisis."

Asked if the departure of Innocent Mayoyo was the cause of the Birds' poor displays, Prins refuted this, saying they lost to Wits when Mayoyo was still with them.

"The team is experiencing a poor run and we've hit a bad patch."

He stressed that they were not thinking of firing coach Ian Gorowa despite the poor results.

"Everybody is working hard in the team, but still the results are not forthcoming, we hope we'll turn the corner against Sundowns."

Xulu added: "We had a heart-to-heart talk with the players and they understood the situation they find themselves in. We play better football but no goals."

l Platinum Stars host Jomo Cosmos at Olympia Park at 3.30pm tomorrow.