Fac­ing Birds a mo­ti­va­tion Mat­sapha United coach

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Sto­ries by Sa­belo Gwebu

– MAT­SAPHA United coach Ernest Mavuso re­gards Mba­bane Swal­lows as the yard stick of lo­cal foot­ball de­scrib­ing their meet­ing to­mor­row as a mo­ti­va­tion on its own.

Strug­gling Mat­sapha visit the de­fend­ing MTN League cham­pi­ons at Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium to­mor­row and are des­per­ate for points af­ter a dis­as­trous start to the cam­paign that see them rock bot­tom in the MTN log stand­ings with just three points from nine matches.

“Our league po­si­tion has noth­ing to do with our per­for­mance. Fac­ing Swal­lows is a mo­ti­va­tion as they are

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the barom­e­ter of lo­cal foot­ball, the per­fect yard stick to gauge our per­for­mances. The re­sults are not wor­ry­ing us as we will be beef­ing up the play­ing per­son­nel in the up­com­ing win­dow,” Mavuso said.

Mat­sapha cap­tain Muzi Dlamini ad­mit­ted most of the cur­rent play­ers were not ex­pe­ri­enced and as se­niors they were do­ing their level best to mo­ti­vate them. De­spite their log stand­ing, Swal­lows coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vi­lakati de­scribed Mat­sapha as a good side. “All premier league teams de­serve to be here,” he said. Cap­tain Tony Ts­abedze said it was im­por­tant that they get three points to catch up with the lead­ing pack.

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