MTN8: Birds to pull up socks against United

2012-09-18 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques said the MTN8 final against SuperSport United was a “huge” occasion for his players and the Soweto-based club.

The Dube Birds will tackle Nedbank Cup holders Matsatsantsa at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

And although Swallows lost 3-2 to visiting University of Pretoria in the Premiership on Friday, Marques said his men would be better focused against Gavin Hunt’s outfit.

“It was one of those games where the players’ minds were perhaps in the cup final,” he told the Sowetan.

“You can’t really blame the players for thinking this way sometimes. The next game is a big game for us. It’s huge for their careers and for the club.”

Marques expects his charges to improve their defending against United, who plundered three unanswered goals at AmaZulu’s expense at the weekend.

“We showed character and we were unfortunate to concede a third goal. We conceded silly goals because of defensive errors.”

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