Birds ready for Cape teams


Swallows host Ajax Cape Town next week Wednesday at Olympia Stadium, before flying to Cape Town to meet Santos on September 24.

Both games kick off at 19h30.

Leal, who was recently handed a brand new car, a 1.4 TSI Tiguan from club sponsors, VW, told that he is happy with the way his team has been jelling at training and that the Dube Birds are ready to fly high after enjoying a short break due to the World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier games.

“The short break has given me more time to work with the players and I am happy to see them adapting fast to what I want them to do on the field. I just hope what I have seen at training will be carried over to the field of play when we resume our fixtures.

“We have two night games, one at home against Ajax and the other one away against Santos, so I have decided to shift our training sessions to late in the evening so that my players can adapt and handle the situation of playing at night,” the coach adds.

Leal has also expressed his happiness about the level of fitness that defender Fabian McCarthy has achieved after missing pre-season with Moroka Swallows.

“Fabian is a good player and a great professional and so far I am happy with his performance at training. He missed our pre-season training so when he arrived here he was lacking little bit in terms of his fitness, but now he is getting there.”