Swallows one game away from history


DStv Premiership surprise package Swallows FC will set an unprecedented PSL record today if they manage to avoid defeat against AmaZulu.

The Dube Birds could become the first club promoted from the first division to ever complete their first round of fixtures unbeaten against all their PSL opponents.

Swallows have been cruising in the PSL since coming up and remain one of two clubs along with champions Mamelodi Sundowns yet to lose in the league this term.

Fourteen games into the season The Birds have recorded wins against Baroka, Cape Town City, Black Leopards, Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Bloemfontein Celtic. 

Their draws list has SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Chippa United, Orlando Pirates, Golden Arrows, TS Galaxy and Stellenbosch.

Today they play game number 15 and the last of all their opponents in the league when they take on Benni McCarthy's Usuthu at Dobsonville Stadium (15h30).

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There has never been a promoted team that has avoided defeat for this long through PSL history be it Bay United, Chippa United, Vasco da Gama, Baroka, African Wanderers, Dynamos, Black Leopards, Tembisa Classic or Santos.

In fact, Swallows have now played 22 games without losing since their days in the first division, with their last defeat having come at the hands of University of Pretoria.

As it stands The Birds are in the title race trailing leaders Sundowns by five points with a game in hand. A win today Sunday would push them to a points tally of 31, which normally means survival territory.

For many, Swallows were expected to struggle under their PSL rookie coach Brandon Truter, who instead has excelled so far and has not been scared to exchange punches with anyone that comes his way. 

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