Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques says the team talk helped them beat Platinum Stars
Posted: 20 December 2012 Time: 07:04
Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques says the team talk about player work ethics did the trick after they beat Platinum Stars 2-0 last night.
Marques has been under pressure following his team's poor run in the Premiership, with the coach in affect being given two matches to save his job.
Having lost to Bloemfontein Celtic on the weekend, he was left with just the one match against Stars - and the players came to the party.
"I sat down with the players on Tuesday and had a talk about the work ethics of a professional player. What is required of a soccer player," Marques says.
"We had a half-hour chat and I made some people realize that their work ethics were not on par with what is required by the team.
"I think in South African football we tend to embrace mediocrity and complacency and a talk about the ethics of professional football was a wake-up call for some of our players. I think it was clear from the performance that it helped a lot," he says.
The coach also praised Roger da Costa, who played centre-back deputising for Ashraf Hendricks, who has been struggling with his form.
"We know what Roger can do for us and what he offers to the team. Roger is a soldier, a fighter and an old school defender and he did well for us tonight. To me the Man of the Match was between Greg Etafia and him."
The League will resume in February 2013 and Marques is happy about the break.
"The break is brilliant for us as a team as it will give us time to recharge the batteries. We have not been getting enough rest; we have been resting only for two days at a time and the break will be very good for us.
"It is also going to be our 'quick-fix' as we look to sign some quality players, especially foreign players. New players in the team should be higher quality than what we have currently," he adds.
Meanwhile, Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson congratulated the Birds for the Christmas gift they got from his side.
"Well done to Swallows for their win; I think the ball did not roll for us tonight and with the Man of the Match being Etafia it shows that we did not take our chances.
"Again well done to Swallows for the nice Christmas gift they received from Platinum Stars and I wish them all luck for the season," he adds.