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Football | Absa Premiership

Sibusiso Zuma © Backpagepix

Birds, United seek change of fortunes



SuperSport United will be looking for only their second win of the season when they travel to the equally unimpressive Moroka Swallows in their Absa Premiership encounter to be played at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday night, kick-off at 20h00

The teams are sitting on top of one another on the log with United occupying 10th spot while the Dube Birds are directly below them and they both have 14 points to show for their troubles.

Despite having the envious attacking talents of Sibusiso Zuma, Kermit Erasmus, Atusayo Nyondo and Mabhuti Khanyeza, United have failed to fire on both cylinders in front of goals leaving coach Gavin Hunt a frustrated man.

The animated Hunt has on numerous occasions berated his players for dropping points unnecessarily and it is going to be interesting to see if they have improved from their woeful showings so far.

United have also been guilty of leaking at the back and Thabo September’s own goal in their last game was a good example of how they can shoot themselves in the foot.

September, who beat his own keeper with a close range header last week and finished off his team’s ambitions of a comeback, said they are aiming for three points in Soweto.

“It is clear for everyone to see that we have not done well so far in the season, but we are capable of much improved performances,” he noted.

Asked what has been their Achilles heel this season, captain September said, “We must use our chances and improve our defensive displays,” which will result in the young and highly promising goalkeeper Ronwen Williams keeping clean sheets.

For Williams and his rearguard to achieve their clean sheet mission, they will have to be at their best against predatory instincts of veteran campaigners such as Siyabonga Nomvethe, Katlego Mashego, Felix Obada, Lerato Chabangu and speedy winger Joseph Makhanya.

Commenting about the opposition, September said, “Swallows are a difficult team to beat with a good balance of experience and youth.”

Looking ahead of the clash from a Swallows perspective, left full-back Shere Lekgothoane said, “We are not taking SuperSport lightly because they are capable of putting together an away win.

“We are also desperate for a win because we have not been doing well ourselves in recent games and this is what is going to make this game very interesting for the fans,” he pointed out.

Lekgothoane added that they have been playing some good attacking football but they are sometimes let down by their finishing and sluggishness at the back.

“Our coach has identified our problems and we have been working hard at training to correct those mistakes,” he concluded.

Charismatic Swallows coach Zeca Marques will also be looking for match winning performances from the likes of inspirational captain Lefa Tsutsulupa, evergreen defender Ashraf Hendricks and goalkeeper Greg Etafia to get the better of United.

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