Swallows fly back to the big league

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Kagiso Malinga of Swallows celebrates his goal with his teammates during the GladAfrica Championship match against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Makhulong Stadium. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix
Kagiso Malinga of Swallows celebrates his goal with his teammates during the GladAfrica Championship match against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Makhulong Stadium. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix

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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has achieved his dream of returning Swallows to the Premier Division after they were crowned champions of the GladAfrica Championship on Sunday afternoon.

The Dube Birds clinched the second division title on the last day of the season when they defeated Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 3-0 at the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg.

The club fought back from a nine point deficit against Ajax Cape Town at the start of August to win the R3 million title.

The famous Soweto club have now completed their resurrection from the ashes.

Just last season, the club was in the wilderness of South African football after having been relegated from the Absa Premiership in 2015.

The club went on to suffer the humiliation of dropping down to the ABC Motsepe League and SAB League in successive seasons.

Lesufi led the rebirth of the club together with businessmen David Mogashoa and Sipho Xulu.

They raised funds to buy the status of Maccabi FC last year.

Swallows coach Brandon Truter has achieved an incredible feat of saving Swallows from possible humiliation where it looked like the club would be relegated in their first season back in professional football

It was an incredible comeback as Ajax were nine points ahead of Swallows at the beginning of the PSL bio-bubble.

Swallows and Ajax finished the season tied on 57 points.

It was so close but so far for the Urban Warriors who lost the title by a single goal in the goal-difference tally after beating Mbombela United 3-0.

Swallows coach Brandon Truter has achieved an incredible feat of saving Swallows from possible humiliation where it looked like the club would be relegated in their first season back in professional football.

Truter found the club languishing in 14th position back in October.

Veterans like Lebohang Mokoena and Vuyo Mere are now back in the Premier Division.

Mokoena nearly called it quits earlier in the season when he was not playing under Zeca Marques.

The former Orlando Pirates star has hoisted the trophy following a difficult season.


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