Swal­lows fans take on bosses

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za Moroka Swal­lows should brace them­selves after what be­fell Craig Rosslee at AmaZulu’s train­ing ground last week.

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.”

Last week, AmaZulu placed their coach Craig Rosslee on spe­cial leave after he was con­fronted by angry fans at a train­ing ses­sion. UN­MOVED Swal­lows boss Leon Prins be­lieves bet­ter days lie ahead for the Birds

PHO­TOS: SYD­NEY MAHLANGU / GER­HARD STEENKAMP / BACK­PAGEPIX

CUL­PRIT Al­fred Nden­gane BAD IM­AGE Gabad­inho Mhango

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