'Swallows not ready to stop Sundowns'

Premiership

Former PSL striker Sandile Ndlovu does not see in-form Swallows FC stopping defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

The Dube Birds have been the surprise package in the DStv Premiership this season and remain unbeaten on their return to the top-flight after 12 matches.

There has been a lot of talk about whether they are serious contenders for the title, with head coach Brandon Truter already playing down their chances despite being level on 26 points with The Brazilians.

Ndlovu believes they are indeed title challengers and feels having the majority of their players consistently performing has done wonders for them.

"To be honest with you Swallows are challenging for the league, we can't be diplomatic about that," Ndlovu tells KickOff.com.

"Their consistency proves that and having signed good players has helped them a lot. Also in the PSL to do well you must have at least nine players performing well consistently, and they have that.

"They are giving teams big problems consistently and that proves that they are really serious about their intentions. They were undermined because they came from the GladAfrica Championship."

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"Even the young players are performing well because they also want to prove a point to their teams as they are on loan for a possible return," Ndlovu continues.

"So I feel they are in the title race, they just have to focus more. They must keep the unity and fight for the club. The coach is doing extremely well so I give credit to the chairman."

Swallows face Masandawana at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (15h00) in a top-of-the-table clash and Ndlovu, who played for both teams, does not see them stopping Abafana Ba Style because of their opponents' experience in fighting for the title.

"The Saturday game will be very tough for both teams, a very big game too, but I expect Sundowns to come out on top because they've dealt with this situation before," he says.

"Sundowns have experienced players who understand this kind of pressure. They won the league three times in a row so that must tell you a lot."

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