It’s a log leaders clash as Downs take on high-flying Swallows

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Swallows in-from striker Ruzaigh Gamildien (right) is the man to watch when the Birds meet log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on SaturdayPicture: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Swallows in-from striker Ruzaigh Gamildien (right) is the man to watch when the Birds meet log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on SaturdayPicture: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix


Mamelodi Sundowns and Swallows will do battle in a clash of the heavyweights at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Their form has been identical – both are on 26 points with seven wins and five draws.

Together with Golden Arrows, they are the only unbeaten teams in the league so far.

It’s a game between three-time defending premiership champions and the winners of the GladAfrica Championship.

Swallows coach Brandon Truter has done wonders with the team in his first campaign at the top, and his side has been playing exciting football and is the surprise package this season.

Downs co-coach Rhulani Mokwena praised the Birds’ form and significance in South African football.

“The opposition is good and they have winning momentum. If you win the NFD and come into the PSL you come with a winning feeling. They have carried this through and have that feel-good factor,” Mokwena said.

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“It’s a game in which we understand clearly that we have to play very well to win. Without being strategic we will have no chance. They have nothing to lose and that is why they are playing with so much freedom.”

Mokwena spoke highly of the premiership rookie Truter, who earned his stripes during his years in the first division.

“The universe will always favour the brave and the courageous. Certainly, the way they play has shown how bold their coach is,” he said.

In another clash of the day, Kaizer Chiefs will travel to the Winelands to take on Stellenbosch at Danie Craven Stadium.

The resurgent Amakhosi, who won three games on the trot, will be looking to continue their climb up the table. The team has won its past three games and leapt from the relegation terrain into the top eight.

Defender Philani Zulu said the tension and anxiety in the team was now gone.

“Winning three games in a row feels good. Looking at how we started the season, there is a big difference,” he said.

“We were at the bottom of the log in the relegation zone. We are looking forward to carrying on with the momentum. Sprits are high in training and everyone is putting in the effort.”



  • Mamelodi Sundowns vs Swallows (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 3pm)
  • Black Leopards vs Chippa United (Thohoyandou Stadium, 3.30pm)
  • Baroka vs AmaZulu (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 5pm)
  • Stellenbosch vs Kaizer Chiefs (Danie Craven Stadium, 5pm)
  • Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates (Harry Gwala Stadium, 5pm)


  • Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila vs SuperSport United (Thohoyandou Stadium, 3.30pm)
  • Cape Town City vs Golden Arrows (Cape Town Stadium, 3.30pm)


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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