Count no man a champion lest his body bears the battle scars and his voice lives on to tell the tale of how he got each one… and survived.
This could possibly be the story of Swallows FC following their automatic promotion into the DStv Premiership this season, should they continue to challenge for the league title in their inaugural campaign as the now renamed “Swallows FC”.
This, though, will all depend on how Brandon Truter will be able to help his players shake off two back-to-back defeats ensuing from two competitions, when they face Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila today at Dobsonville Stadium (Kick-off 15h30).
Swallows suffered their first defeat in their DStv Premiership race to TS Galaxy, losing 2-1 to Mpumalanga outfit this past week, after having been knocked out by Tshakhuma in the Nedbank Cup last 16. They lost 4-3 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw.
Former Swallows winger Dikgang Mabalane, stated that Truter and his charges were bound to experience a slippery step in their unbeaten trot in the DStv Premiership race, as this season progressed. And this is mainly because “Swallows do not have enough depth in their squad,” Mabalane said.
“They have had a great (16-game) unbeaten run in the league, however, other teams were bound to catch up with how Swallows play given the fact that Truter only has one group of eleven players to rely on, while other teams like (Mamelodi) Sundowns have enough depth to compete (and challenge for honors in every competition they participate in).
“Looking at their match against TTM, I do believe that Swallows do have the edge to win this one,” Mabalane added. “They just need to look at where they went wrong in their previous meeting against TTM and try to rectify those errors in this fixture.”
As it stands, the Dube Birds are now fourth on the league standings with 30 points, just six points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Asked if Swallows have the potential of surprising many by scooping the league title in their “first” season in the DStv Premiership, Mabalane said: “Potential remains potential until it is released and manifested to what it can possibly be. There are many players who never reached the level they could have because they never applied themselves enough to get there. The same must be avoided with Swallows. Can they pull off what Leicester City pulled in England back in 2016 (winning the English Premier League following their automatic promotion after winning the English Championship title the season before)?
“It’s possible. However, that will all depend on how much they want it.”
By Mohau Ramashidja