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Mphahlele feels sorry for his former club Swallows but Chiefs need points

Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match against Sekhukhune United at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on May 14.
22ENGB Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match against Sekhukhune United at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on May 14.
Image: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says relegation-threatened Swallows will always be a special club to him but that doesn’t mean he will go easy on them when they meet in a crucial DStv Premiership clash on Saturday.

The two Soweto teams will meet in their final league game of the season at FNB Stadium (3pm).

Mphahlele made his professional debut as a footballer at Swallows when they were still known as Moroka Swallows in 2007.

The 15th-placed Swallows could be relegated to the GladAfrica Championship if they fail to beat Chiefs and basement dwellers Baroka FC win against Maritzburg United in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

“It’s football, and we are aware of their situation. They need all the points as they unfortunately find themselves in awkward situations,” Mphahlele said.

“But it’s going to be another game for me that we prepared well for, and we are going to do our best to win the game.

“Obviously, having played for Swallows back then and they will always be a special team to me, but on Saturday that will go out the window and we will be fighting for three points and may the best team win,” the defender said.

Amakhosi interim coach Arthur Zwane said though they feel for Swallows, Chiefs are also desperate for full points in the match.

Apart from finishing the season on a high, Chiefs hope they can still finish within the top three and qualify for Caf football next season.

However, they still need results in other fixtures on Saturday to go their way to achieve that.

“The Swallows game is another difficult one, we are playing against a team that is fighting to avoid the chop. I expect them to come out guns blazing because they really need three points,” Zwane said.

“But unfortunately, we are also in the same situation in terms of looking for a win as we want to finish the season on a high. We will do our best to win it.”

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