Swallows poised to fly high in PSL this season

2012-03-31 15:19

This has been an unbelievable season for Swallows, especially since they have always been underachievers.

This time last season Swallows were staring relegation in the face after a string of poor results saw them spend most of the campaign at the bottom of the log.

Their season was so bad that their first win only came in the second round in an away fixture against Wits University.

But now the Beautiful Birds, who last came close to winning the league under Gavin Hunt back in the 20045 season, are on the brink of glory.

They are perched high up there with big achievers Mamelodi Sundowns and defending champions Orlando Pirates.

Their coach Gordon Igesund is modest about his team’s chances of lifting the Absa Premiership title at the end of the season.

And if they do achieve that feat, it would be Igesund’s fifth title with five different teams.

But title talk is not on Igesund’s mind yet. “It is not about me but the whole team. I am not even thinking about that. Our next three games are very important and will determine our fate.

“We won’t get excited and will take one game at a time. We are looking for a good finish and are happy to be in a position to challenge for the honours.”

He has singled out games against struggling Bidvest Wits, Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates as important to their cause.

But Igesund bemoaned the lack of depth in his team. Swallows are already depleted at the back by the absence of Ashraf Hendricks, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

 And Macbeth Sibaya had a muscle problem which might also force him out of a few games.

Igesund praised the contribution of midfielder David Mathebula, who has been a marvel to watch since he moved to the Birds’ nest at the beginning of the season.

He said he has changed Mathebula’s style of play and he is now a complete player.

Having managed to save the Swallows’ status when it seemed impossible, Igesund could just pull off another mission impossible this season.


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