Back to League focus for Swallows


In 2010 Swallows were in the Top 8 Final which they lost to Orlando Pirates but the effects of that Cup Final appearance rippled long as they went through the rest of that year without recording a League win after the MTN8 Final.

So damaging was the effect of reaching the MTN8 Cup Final that they ended up spending the rest of the season trying to avoid being relegated to the First Division, eventually securing their place in the top League right on the last day of the season after Gordon Igesund had taken over from Rainer Zobel nine games into the season.

Though this time around The Birds won the MTN8 – unlike two years ago when they lost – the need to immediately switch focus is of paramount importance if they are to be a serious title contender like they were last season.

Current head coach Zeca Marques who was an assistant coach back then will be aware of how important it is to shift back into league mood despite the euphoria of winning the cup still dominant at Swallows, a club that rarely wins silverware.

"The circumstances were different back then but then what hasn't changed is that the league is what drives us on. The League is the reason why we are able to compete in cup competitions," says Marques.

"We have to re-direct all our efforts because there is no point in doing well in the Cup and then battling in the League. Despite the joy of winning the Cup on Saturday we now have to be modest in this moment of success and go back to focus on the League as it remains the priority all the time.

"I think talking to the player's everyday about the change in focus has helped because this is now more of a psychological shift for us. We must just get into our brains that the cup is over and now we have the very important league race to take care of," says Marques.

Marques is also fortunate to have all players available for selection this evening which will help build up some consistency to a modest start they have had in which they have won two and lost two.

"Everyone is available," he announces.

At the other end AmaZulu are desperate to get their season moving after picking up a mere point in the opening four games and also still the only club that is yet to score.