Clubs try help out struggling swallows

2011-01-12 13:46

“We cannot just fold our arms and watch our former club go down.”

These were the words of Mamelodi Sundowns’ technical director Trott Moloto after the club loaned two defenders – Vuyo Mere and James Mayinga – to the struggling Moroka Swallows today.

Moloto, a former Swallows defender and coach, said it was “important for the Birds to remain in the Absa Premiership”.

“We cannot let that rich history go to waste. Swallows is a big club and we should do everything in our power to help them survive,” said Moloto.

Last week, Sundowns loaned out midfielders Tshepo Ramokala and Koketso Mmotong to the same club.

The two teams have a cordial relationship and the latest player movements between the two sides was made smooth by the fact that Swallows coach Gordon Igesund was at helm of the Chloorkop-based club four seasons ago.

Moloto said they could not hold on to the players as they were not getting a regular run at Downs.

“Why should we keep them here when they are not utilised? Let them go to where they will get game time so they come back better players at the end of the season.”

Sundowns have already released Benedict Vilakazi to Mpumalanga Black Aces, who is also on loan until at the end of the season.

Swallows spokesperson Sipho Xulu was already at Downs offices in Chloorkop to pick up the two players’ documents so they could be registered with the PSL before their game against Bidvest Wits on Saturday.

Swallows are the only team still to win a league game this season and are second from the bottom of the log with five points from 13 games.

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