Dube Birds stretch wings against Chiefs and perch atop league

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Wandisile Letlabika of Swallows clears the ball from Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match on November 24. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/Backpage Pix/Gallo Images
Wandisile Letlabika of Swallows clears the ball from Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match on November 24. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/Backpage Pix/Gallo Images

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Swallows FC’s dream run back to the top-flight continued as the Dube Birds soared to the top of the DStv Premiership after their 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday night.

The other Soweto giant now eclipse defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand) at the summit of the league with 11 points after five games.

The clash at the Dobsonville Stadium was first derby between the Soweto clubs in five years since Swallows were relegated in 2015.

With the clock winding down, Joseph Mhlongo scored the winning goal in the 86th minute from inside the box following a superb cross from skipper Lebohang Mokoena.

Brandon Truter’s men continue to show tremendous tenacity ever since professional football resumed in August following the lockdown.

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It began when the team earned promotion from the GladAfrica Championship after an impressive streak. Swallows dislodged Ajax Cape Town from the top on the last day of the season to win the first division.

Their impressive run has continued in the premier division as they find themselves leading the race.

Only two years ago, the team was in the wilderness of South African football following consecutive relegations from the different divisions in local football.

Chiefs’ poor run of form on the other hand continued in their first season under Gavin Hunt. Amakhosi do not have much life in them and their performances have been uninspiring.

The transfer ban has hit them hard and the team lacks impetus and spark. They are now 11th in the standings with five points.


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