Birds get lift from VFL game

MOROKA Swallows might have lost 2-1 to Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg in Port Elizabeth on Monday night, but they are happy with their overall performance.

MOROKA Swallows might have lost 2-1 to Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg in Port Elizabeth on Monday night, but they are happy with their overall performance.

"We did not disgrace South Africa. We were just unfortunate to lose the game through our own mistakes," said Swallows utility player Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

"The performance against Wolfsburg has given us hope to accomplish our mission of finishing the season well inside the top eight bracket.

"Now that the league title is out of reach for us, the only thing remaining in the league is the top eight finish. We want to be part of Wafa Wafa (MTN 8 Cup) next season.

"We played as a unit against the German champions, but we have to be more aggressive upfront. There were several scoring opportunities that we wasted.

"The month-long break due to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola is a blessing in disguise. It will help us polish our finishing."

Mphahlele, who finished Monday night's game as Swallows captain after Lefa Tsutsulupa was replaced, said they wanted to make it a habit to end the season by winning something after they won the Nedbank Cup at the end of last season.

"We are now going to play a series of friendlies during the Africa Cup of Nations break to stay in great shape, we want to be super-fit when the Absa Premiership programme resumes on February 3."

The once high-flying Dube Birds resume their league campaign with a home match against Kaizer Chiefs at Dobsonville Stadium on February 3.

They will then engage Bloemfontein Celtic at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium four days later, Ajax Cape Town in Dobsonville on February 10, Mamelodi Sundowns in Atteridgeville on February 17, Platinum Stars in Dobsonville on February 20 and they wrap up the campaign against Jomo Cosmos at the same venue on February 28.

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