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Swallows out to end Chiefs streak

Moroka Swallows will hope to inflict the first league defeat of the season on Kaizer Chiefs when the two teams clash in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off is at 7:30pm (CAT, GMT +2) live on SS4 and live streaming on supersport.com.

The Naturena based side are sitting at the top of the table, with 24 points from 10 games and have a four point cushion over their closest pursuers Orlando Pirates.

Stuart Baxter’s men have been consistent this season with their league results whilst the same can’t be said about Swallows.

The Birds have been a victim of their own inconsistencies. Zeca Marques’ charges have a 10 point deficit between them and the log leaders. They lay seventh on the standings with 14 points accompanied by two draws, four losses and four wins.

Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune says that the most important game in his mind is the Soweto derby.

Khune has been solid as a rock between the posts so far this season where his side have conceded only five goals in the league.

“I am focusing on the next game against Swallows. This is the biggest game for me because it is the next game,” explains the Bafana shot-stopper.

“Swallows have done well recently and they cannot be underestimated. They have assembled a good team and one has to look at what they have achieved in the past two seasons. We need to be at our best to beat them.

“We are happy that we have gone so many games unbeaten and we are determined to continue with the good run we have enjoyed this season.

“People have spoken about us beating Swallows in recent years, but that will count for nothing on Tuesday. The derby is about bragging rights and Swallows will go out there and fight for every ball and their badge, which is the same for us,” added Khune.

The Dube Birds have not been victorious in the league since the first week of October, a span of four matches, and Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa is wary of facing an in-form Chiefs at a time when his team are struggling to replicate last season’s fine form.

They have been in a shell since winning the MTN8 in September and head to the match as firm underdogs.

“It is true that we face Chiefs not in the right form, but it is matches like these that bring the best out of us, “said Tsutsulupa.

“It will be an interesting and tough Soweto derby. The boys don't need motivation for this encounter.

“We have not been getting the much desired results.

“We drew and lost matches we could have won. Simply because either the ball didn't fall for us or we made the wrong decision in crucial areas.

“But above all the commitment and the dedication of the guys are still top notch. We just need to keep fighting and follow the coaches’ instructions until we get into the rhythm that made us the team to beat,” concluded the Birds captain.


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