Birds captain speaks out

2011-01-11 13:02

Moroka Swallows skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa has called on his players to stand up and be counted as the Birds fight against relegation in the second part of the Absa Premiership season.

The troubled Birds are determined to notch their first win of the season when they face local rivals BidVest Wits in a league clash at Milpark on Saturday.

With only five points from 13 matches, the 30-year-old midfield ace knows his side will have a tough battle.

They are up against the likes of Mpumalanga Black Aces, who have the same number of points (five) and Maritzburg United, who are on the fringe of the relegation zone with 13 points in the second half of the season.

“We are fighting for our lives. We have to be prepared to go out on the pitch and be prepared to die for the club.

We are all professional soccer players and also know that we need to work harder.

However, I am positive we will get out of this situation,” said Tsutsulupa.

The Birds’ captain said he had told his teammates to put in an extra effort during the remaining 17 league games.

He said there was a new spirit and a wave of optimism since four time championship winner Gordon Igesund replaced Rainer Zobel as head coach last month.

“We have picked up three points [three draws] in four matches under Gordon.

We have been unlucky in two of those matches not to have collected maximum points. We know it is not going to be easy.

But the players are confident we can get out of trouble,” he said.

Tsutsulupa said he respected Wits.

“They are a youth side full of running and have a coach in Roger de Sa who knows his way around, but if we stick to Gordon’s game plan then I believe we will break our duck and finally get that win under our belts against Wits.”

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