Moroka Swallows must beat Bidvest Wits
Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 1:53 pm
Moroka Swallows face the ignominious prospect of setting a new, but unwanted Premier Soccer League record, if they fail to beat Bidvest Wits away at Milpark in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Failure to emerge with their first victory of the season will mean Swallows will establish the record for the longest run without a win from the start of a new league season in the PSL era. An injury time equalizer from Free State Stars at Dobsonville last Saturday meant that Swallows watched the record of 13 games set by Hellenic in 2003, when they took almost half the season before registering their first victory. Swallows, who have brought Gordon Igesund on board to try and turn around their fortunes, are still awaiting their first league win, having gone 13 matches without success, drawing five and losing eight. Seven years ago, Hellenic managed just two points in their first 13 games of the season before they finally managed a win. Clemens Westerhof was the coach at the start of that horror season but it came as no surprise after he was fired for collecting one draw in seven games. It was much the same pattern with Swallows' German coach Rainer Zobel, who quit after nine games. Hellenic also had a horror start in the 2001/02 season with just four points in their first 10 games, all from draws. Their first win came in their 13th game of the season. The season before that in 2000/2001, African Wanderers won one game and drew one of their first 10 and went through two coaches, Fred Njiyela and Walter Rautmann, during that period, later going on to be relegated. In 1996/97, Bloemfontein Celtic had only managed four points from their first nine games before registering a win. In 1999, Umtata Bush Bucks lost their first six games of the season.