Rosslee: Swallows playing for their lives

Premiership

Swallows are joint-top with Black Leopards following the first round of fixtures of these energy-draining Play-Offs and must now make the short trip to the Vaal for a date with Jomo Cosmos on Sunday.

It is no secret that failure to come out tops in these Play-Offs will be disastrous for Swallows – one of only five clubs that have been ever present in the PSL - and The Birds have plenty of players in their squad who have never played in the First Division and will not be keen on getting salary cuts and playing down there.

“There is no need to psyche as the motivation comes from the fact that they are playing for their lives and their futures and that is the reality. People will judge them with time to come and I hope it is for the positive and not the negative. That is the important thing and they have to think about it,” says Rosslee.

Rosslee also admits that he and his players will still need to dig deep again in executing their homework against another First Division opponent Cosmos following their victory over Leopards in midweek.

Having been playing in the unfashionable First Division for the past three years Ezenkosi remain more of a closed book to Rosslee besides the fact that they are coached by the legendary Jomo Sono and have the free-scoring Zimbabwean Charlton Mashumba.

“It is the unknown again against Cosmos and we have to do our homework again and not only me but the players as well. We have to make sure we do our homework and once all that is done then we pass our exam,” he says.

“Cosmos and Leopards have come with a lot of momentum into these Plays-Offs and I have watched their last two games… one physically and one on television and obviously they haven’t scored all those goals for nothing. There must be a reason why they have done so well. Once again that is them and for us as long as we do our job and we do it well then we are in business,” he adds.

The former AmaZulu tactician was visibly delighted to have picked up three points against Leopards on Wednesday night courtesy of a Vuyisile Wana brace, and built on the back of a three-man central defence of Larry Cohen, Rudi Isaacs and Ashraf Hendricks supported by Sipho Mngomezulu and Shere Lekgothoane on either flank.

“Massive result for us as they were coming here already having three points and a result for them would have meant an advantage to them with us still having to go to them. It is not a cautious approach [three-man central defence]. When I arrived unfortunately, a guy like Larry Cohen who I thought was outstanding tonight [Wednesday] is not a natural centre-back just like Rudi Isaacs who is not a natural centre-back. There was a problem in that we were leaking goals and after looking at a couple of tapes I had to close that up,” explains Rosslee.

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