Mzwakhe Ngwenya
2 minute read
19 Apr 2014
8:55 am

Birds in Downs’ sights

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

A battered and bruised Moroka Swallows face a rampant and high- flying Mamelodi Sundowns this evening.

LEADERS. Under Pitso Mosimane Sundowns have shown consistency this season and are closing in on a rare league title. Picture: BackpagePix.

The contrast in these teams suggest that tonight’s Absa Premiership encounter at Dobsonville Stadium will be a one-sided affair, with Sundowns expected to dominate.

Swallows are winless in their past four PSL matches and as things look, it’s not getting any better for the Dube Birds.

Instead, the bad patch seems to be continuing as they have not won in their past three games – against University of Pretoria, Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits – have all ended in losses for Swallows.

These results have seen them flirt with the relegation zone and they are now in 13th spot with 30 points.

Though Swallows’ place in the PSL next season is now a certainty, such displays are symptoms of a side which may be forced to fight the drop in the next campaign.

Their biggest mistake has been to rely on veterans like Dikgang Mabalane, Lefa Tsutsulupa and Siyabonga Nomvethe, who are all on the wrong side of 30.

This evening, their motivation will surely be to derail Sundowns’ title charge.

The Brazilians are on top of the PSL standings with 58 points and look set to claim the title they last won seven seasons ago.

In the past, Downs have had a hand on the trophy only to falter towards the end, but under Pitso Mosimane they have shown a consistency which saw them sprint past Kaizer Chiefs who were on top of the standings for the greater part of the season.

Amakhosi are now chasing Sundowns, which was not the case two months ago.

Against Swallows, Sundowns are expected to triumph given the recent nosedive the Dube Birds have endured.

Downs have one game more than Chiefs and they would know that failure to take advantage over Chiefs may have negative consequences on their championship aspirations.

Key midfielder Khama Billiat has been ruled out for the season and his influence has been immense for Downs.

It will be interesting to see how they will fare against Swallows without him.

The match starts at 6pm.