Swallows out to stop their freefall

Moroka Swallows’ captain, Lefa Tsutsulupa, believes they have what it takes to defeat relegated Mpumalanga Black Aces in their do or die Absa Premiership match scheduled for Puma Rugby Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 15:00pm.

After being in the relegation quagmire for the entire season and with other promotion/relegation candidates Vasco Da Gama losing to SuperSport United, Swallows were a few minutes away from rescuing their status in the PSL in their last league encounter against Bidvest, but a last minute penalty by Wits pulled the wool off the eyes of a spell-bound crowd who were already celebrating what seemed like an escape from the danger zone.

As a result, the survival battle is still contested between 15th placed Vasco Da Gama with 27 points and Moroka Swallows with 29 points. While Vasco need a victory against Santos to avoid the play-offs, Swallows also need nothing less than a victory against Aces to rescue their PSL status.

Swallows’ skipper admitted that the game is one of their stiffest tests and a tricky clash because Aces has got nothing to lose as they are already relegated, “It is a big one, and we have prepared ourselves thoroughly for Aces. We are going to apply ourselves like any other game and whatever we do on the field will determine our destiny. “As much as the coach has emphasized the importance of this game, as players we are also aware that we need to win this one for him, the management of the team, as well as for our supporters who have been with us through thick and thin.”

Tsutsulupa also added, “I watched Aces play against Pirates during their Nedbank Cup semi-final clash and we know that they are going to apply themselves in the same manner they did against Pirates to disturb our ambition. “All the players are fired up for this match because a defeat will minimise our chances to survive. We cannot afford to lose this opportunity because the play-offs will be very tough.”

Aces’ goalkeeper, Dennis Onyango, whose splendid performance against Pirates in the Nedbank Cup semifinals earned him the man of the match award said, “Swallows mustn’t expect any favours from them.

“Nobody did us favours and we will be all out to win and finish the season on a high. They beat us 3-1 in the first round and I don’t know how they are going to handle the pressure this time around because it will be a different ball game, and they must brace themselves for a tough battle.

Onyango confirmed that Aces will not go down easily, “We really just have to go out and play our own game and put into practice what we worked on in our preparations to this game because the pressure is not on us, but on Swallows. A win against Swallows will be a good result in preparations for the new season.”