Worst Swallows ever - proof

Premiership

Swallows are hanging onto their Premier Soccer League status by a single finger, needing nothing less than a victory – which must be supported by favourable results elsewhere.

The Dube Birds also risk elimination from an elite group consisting of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United as modenr-day PSL ever-presents.

In the meantime, based on points this season's team has already inherited the tag of being the worst ever Swallows to play in the post-1996 PSL era.

Last season's Swallows team managed just 31 points when they finished in 13th position, and held the 'worst ever' tag, but this season’s team will carry the tag as they can only reach a maximum of 30 points, regardless of the implications of the much-needed win.

Winning against Celtic will take Swallows to 30 points – their lowest total since the start of the PSL back in 1996 – with their image further stained by the fact that they have so far equalled the record of most defeats in the Premiership era.

The Birds have tasted defeat 16 times this season, equalling their worst tally from the 1997-98 season when the league contested over 34 matches, however, luckily that year they finished 11th as they managed to win 12 matches.

There is also still the possibility of finish with the least number of wins ever, if they fail to improve on the seven that they have at the moment, which is the same number that they managed back in the 2000-01 season.

Swallows have often been poor over the years but they have never been worse than this season, and the numbers prove that relegation is deserved.

The changing of coaches from Zeca Marques to Fani Madida, to Goodman Mazibuko and now Craig Rosslee has not helped their cause at all.

The appointment of Rosslee was questionable and strange as this is the very coach that had already left AmaZulu in a mess, when he was fired earlier on in the season.

Right now the worst fear for The Birds is automatic relegation – a situation which will happen if they come out with any result similar to, or worse, than AmaZulu’s.

A play-off spot, which they will kindly take at this moment, can only be achieved with a win aided by anything less than victory for Usuthu in their match against Maritzburg United, provided Chippa United win, draw or lose by a smaller margin to Kaizer Chiefs.

Swallows also have the worst goal difference in the league, which means they will need a big win coupled with Chiefs thumping Chippa in order to ensure their safety ahead of the Chilli Boys, provided AmaZulu lose the KZN-derby - BIG ask!

However, the immediate hurdle for Rosslee is making sure that they win their game against Celtic – who are as good as guaranteed of their top eight place, but also a man chasing the PSL Golden Boot in Lerato Lamola.

Lamola is currently tied on 13 goals with Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars and knows that he needs to find the back of the net tomorrow to aid his cause for the award.

They say miracles do happen, and Swallows are in dire need of one if they are to survive the drop.

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