Matlaba: How Swallows stay unbeaten


Thabo Matlaba has explained how still-unbeaten Swallows FC manage to equalise so often after going behind in matches.

Swallows defended their 14-game unbeaten record in the DStv Premiership on Saturday as they managed to hold SuperSport to a 1-1 draw after Matsatsantsa had scored first.

The Dube Birds have made it fashionable these days to score equalisers in their games, especially against the big clubs in the DStv Premiership.

Matlaba says they did not panic when SuperSport scored early as they knew they would come back to equalise.

"It's a question of not to give up when we concede first," Matlaba tells

"You know sometimes it's easy to give up when you concede first. We don't change structure, we make sure we push more, we work harder. So we always know that we get a goal, whether it's 55 minutes or 89 minutes or 90 minutes.

"The reason we always score in the last minutes is because we don't give up. To avoid counter-attacks we make sure we are disciplined, we don't lose the structure and find people all over the pitch just because we are losing 1-0.

"It's important to keep your structure because once you lose a structure they will score a second goal. We knew we were going to equalise because we have a strong bench.

"[Kamohelo] Mahlatsi, [Joseph] Mhlongo came in and made a huge difference. Mhlongo scored the equaliser. You know that's his speciality to come in and equalise."

Matlaba, who has played under some top coaches at Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, says there is something new he has learnt from his current coach Brandon 'Brakkies' Truter.

"I won't compare him but he is one of the best to be honest. He is coaching exactly like the coaches who used to coach me in the past," he says.

"The new thing that I have learned from him is that he is an open book, you can talk to him if you don't understand something. Because a lot of coaches won't give you that opportunity, when they say something it's final. They are the bosses. He listens to everyone in the team, that's what I like about him."

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