Truter welcomes Leopards’ scalp as an early birthday present


Brandon Truter admitted that Swallows’ weekend 1-0 win against Black Leopards felt like a fight with a cornered wild animal, which was determined to do just about anything to get itself out of a predicament it was in.

This corner which Leopards finds itself in, is that of being placed at the bottom of the DStv Premiership table with now eight league matches to go.

‘Lidoda Duvha’ have now gone seven matches without a win, managing just one draw from those games against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (1-1).

Truter’s approach in taming Leopards in this tie, worked like a charm to add to the Limpopo outfit’s woes. All he had to do was nullify Leopards’ target man Rodney Ramagalela, which eventual Man of the Match Wandisile Letlabika, did with aplomb.

The Swallows coach was also on a hunt for a win too. His side had gone nine league matches with nothing but draws, a series of results which saw them gradually drop from their second position on the DStv Premiership table.

As it stands, the ‘Dube Birds’ have now climbed two places up on the league table and now occupy fourth position with 36 points after 21 league matches played.

Truter, who turns 44 years old this Thursday (15 April), said he was pleased with the result, adding that it came in as an early birthday present.

“It’s always difficult playing against a side which is desperately fighting to keep their place in the DStv Premiership,” said Truter.

“We knew that it was going to be tough, however, my boys and I were motivated to push for the three points, given the fact that we are unbeaten here (at home).

“It’s a nice early birthday present to have,” added Truter, referring to the winning result.

“All the grey hair you see on my head, are all because of football. I’m truly looking forward to celebrating with the boys and the (Swallows) staff. My family will not be present on the day as they have had to travel back to Cape Town after (Sunday night’s) match.”

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