Birds fly back to their nest

TODAY we are 50 days into 2010 and Moroka Swallows have already used five venues as their home base during the rehabilitation of their home ground, Dobsonville Stadium.

TODAY we are 50 days into 2010 and Moroka Swallows have already used five venues as their home base during the rehabilitation of their home ground, Dobsonville Stadium.

The Beautiful Birds have flown from one stadium to the other for their home matches. In Gauteng they have used the Ellis Park, Johannesburg and Rand stadiums, while they have also played at Olympia Park in North West.

But the good news for Swallows supporters is that the Birds are flying back to their aviary next Wednesday after the local municipality declared the pitch at Dobsonville Stadium playable. They host struggling Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match.

Swallows brand manager Siya Sangweni said: "It is not out of choice that we are hopping from one stadium to the other to play our home games.

"We know it's not good for the supporters but the problem is that there are no venues owing to the 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations or challenges with the conditions of the pitch.

"The municipality has informed us that the pitch is now playable after it was damaged by heavy rains in January.

"It's good to go back home, but it's likely to be for a short time because the city has decided to relay the pitch as the facility will also serve as a World Cup training venue," Sangweni said.

Swallows defender Vincent Kobola, who scored a beauty in their abandoned midweek match against Mamelodi Sundowns, is happy they are going back to Soweto.

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