Lefa Tsutsulupa says the Dube Birds’ impressive form is thanks to the coach.

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Leal’s philosophy paying off – Lefa

Posted: 7 October 2008 Time: 11:23

Moroka Swallows’ skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa says the Dube Birds’ impressive form of late, which culminated in the defeat of Kaizer Chiefs, is testimony that the team now understands the philosophy of Brazilian coach Julio Leal.

Swallows have almost been faultless in their last two league matches and are still over the moon following back-to-back impressive victories. They thumped Santos 3-0 in Cape Town and then followed that up with a 2-0 beating of Chiefs over the weekend.

The results put the club fifth on the table with seven points, three behind the leaders SuperSport United.

_quote “Our form shows that the players are well-acquainted with the coach’s philosophy which is built on playing attacking football and being disciplined in defence.

“The players have put that into practice in the last two games and the results are coming,” says the Bafana Bafana midfielder.

The Birds caught Chiefs napping with two first half goals from Phumelele Bhengu and were impressive in defence as their Soweto rivals fiercely tried to fight their way back into the game.

Swallows thought they had wrapped up with a third ‘goal’ courtesy of Tsutsulupa himself, but it was disallowed.

“I am not going to comment about the ‘goal’. Anyway, it was disallowed. What is important is that we got the maximum points we needed.”

Earlier in the game, the 28-year-old’s long-range drive crashed against the post with Itumeleng Khune well-beaten.

Tsutsulupa believes the Birds can build on the back-to-back victories and challenge for honours this season.

Swallows had an up-and-down season in 2007/08 under now-Thanda Royal Zulu assistant coach Ian Gorowa and just managed to scrape into the last Top Eight spot.

“We can make an impression this season if we maintain the standards that we have set. When the league resumes after the international action, we will have to take up from where we left off.”

Previous comments on this story...

Swona Champ!
posted: 11:28 am
yah it is paying off, who hould have thought chiefs 0 Swallows 2+(1 penalty that the ref did not give, after kune kicked another player)
posted: 11:35 am
Before I comment – I would like to say congratulations to my team, Young Stars, for winning 5-0 against young Kaizer Chiefs izolo. The future looks good. Next up we r killin’ Walter Mokena Stars tomorrow. Big ups boys!!!!
posted: 11:36 am
a great Lefa Tsutsulupa...
some players from Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns should take note
posted: 11:39 am
We are challenge all the so called powerful teams in South Africa (from Sundowns to Blue Stars FC – u if think u can beat my team, which I doubt u will. Let’s speak…!! Hehehe
posted: 11:53 am
Shapa Maswaiswai shapa...

Sizinyoni thina sizinyoni

Sizinyoni thina sizinyoni

Siyandiza Siyashaya

posted: 12:01 pm
the ship will run out of steam very soon....
posted: 12:04 pm
After 2 games everybody is making a noise about swallows. How quickly we (soccer lovers) forget that they were hammered just a week before that. 4-2 nogal. Any team that needs points must play against chiefs as points are freely available at naturena
posted: 12:06 pm
Mr Editor, stop irritating us if you don’t have anything to write.
What is it with these irritating articles? Every time when Chiefs losses a game, the whole week if not month it will be about them.
The team starting to gel.
A certain player now ready for Bafana.
A team to watch.
Donkey to sue another Tonkie.

Chiefs are just an ordinary team, like all other psl teams.
posted: 12:06 pm
Hubert – if u beat Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns – u r HEROES – hehehe! Let Swallows, Bay United, and Golden Arrows enjoy the limelight!
posted: 12:07 pm
Size13 luck sometimes dry up and I think this is what happend to chiefs over the weekend as swallows made use of their opportunities they had. Lady luck deserted sundowns & Ajax against chiefs otherwise you would have had an interm coach by now
posted: 12:08 pm
Hey 13 my boy… 29 October it’s Chiefs Vs Bloem Cetlic? Any predictions???
posted: 12:12 pm
I think Chiefs should change their coaches
Mushin – Cup specialist coach
Dolezar & Clive Barker – African Champions League Cup
Ted Dimitru (bring him back) – ABSA League Cup
posted: 12:13 pm
Pls Kaizer – spend that 8 million!!!!
Where is Kaizer Jnr??? hehehe… last I saw him kick the ball was when Chiefs wer whipped 4-0 by Man UTD! That must have hurt!
posted: 12:14 pm
It will be Swallows and Pirates soon,,,,Soweto derby,,,looks like Swallows just wanna come on top.....Professor,,,,,,Celtic 0 - Chiefs 0-...my boys played well at least it's an away game we got a point,,,unquote Muhsin....
posted: 12:15 pm
YOH, YOH, YOH Proff, Bloemfontein needs to get desaster management in place, ambulances in line, caspirs on standby, fire dept on the alert as there will be FIREWORKS. Celtic 5 chiefs 0
posted: 12:18 pm
The Game.... the soweto derby will be a stroll in the park for swallows cause every week pirates play different players. there is no consistancy which cause to the lack of confidence except if your name is teko. Successfull teams have a core/spine that play week in and week out
posted: 12:19 pm
Celtics will fight 4 relegation come next year.
posted: 12:20 pm
The Game: hehehe... i just LOVE that Celtic coach - doesn't sit wit the team at the bench. hehehe... i still say he must go... how can u coach while sittin' wit fans at the stands. he is gettin' bad ideas 4rm the supporters.
posted: 12:21 pm
Pirates will WIN that game cos i will be there! so the game... the happy people will be happy cos of Proff.
posted: 12:22 pm
Hubert: hehehe... 5-0, u wanna make size13 or OBG faint?
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