Swallows fans take on bosses
Irate Swallows supporters are planning a mass protest at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday when the struggling Soweto club hosts Mpumalanga Black Aces.
City Press has learnt that the demonstrations will be aimed at coach Zeca Marques and club chairperson Leon Prins, who the club followers want out.
According to an insider, different branches in Ekurhuleni are meeting today in Katlehong to map the way forward.
“We are tired of what is happening at the club because of these two men. They don’t take us seriously and we want to show them who we really are,” said the insider.
The source said they wanted to take action against the two after Swallows lost to Bidvest Wits last weekend, but decided against it because it was not their home ground.
“Leon is taking us for granted. He now thinks he is the coach after he changed the team in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge and instructed [reserve team coach Patrick] Mabedi who to field. We lost 8-0 to Celtic because of him, and he put his favourite players in the team.”
This is not the first time the club supporters are having a go at the managers and the coach.
A few weeks ago, angry supporters barricaded the stadium entrance and called for Marques’ head following a defeat to Chippa United.
Prins countered by saying it was easy for the supporters to always point fingers at coaches, and pleaded with them not to destabilise the team.
He said management was working frantically to resolve the team’s shortcomings and, with a new sponsor on board, the future looked positive.
“I understand we are having a run of poor form and I am as annoyed as the supporters. But we are aware of what is going on as we are always there in every training session and I’m confident we will get it right,” said Prins.
He denied interfering in team selection, saying he merely made suggestions to the technical team.
“You can ask any of our technical team members, I don’t give instructions to them. I have been in the club for 15 years and I know what is going on in football.”
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