One factor giving Swallows an advantage


Moroka Swallows legend Humphrey Mlwane feels the ban on spectators at stadiums is playing a role in Swallows FC's exceptional performances this season.

Despite this being their first season in the DStv Premiership, Brandon Truter's side already looks capable of challenging Mamelodi Sundowns for the league title.

Both teams are still without a defeat and only goal-difference separates the two sides at the top of the table on 21 points apiece.

Last season the Beautiful Birds won the GladAfrica Championship in their first season, and surely they are looking to do the same in the top tier.

Mlwane believes things might have been slightly different if spectators were allowed into stadiums under normal conditions.

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"It's 50/50 you see because they also need crowds, because they've just returned and people want to see Swallows live," Mlwane tells

"Obviously teams like Chiefs, the supporters are their 11th player you see, and they rely on the support. If they don't have the support on the field of play, somewhere, somehow the results don't go their way.

"Yah so it gives Swallows an advantage because they are a new team and most Premiership teams rely too much on supporters you see. It's the supporters who normally push them during games.

"They are used to that environment of having a crowd. That thing, it can affect the players somewhere, somehow. At the moment there's no intimidation for Swallows players, and they are using that to their advantage.

"Remember, they didn't have much supporters, even in the NFD, so they are used to such an environment. They are used to playing in front of empty stands. They are not surprised by the whole thing."

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