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SuperSport aim to clip Swallows wings

Nedbank Cup finalists SuperSport United welcome Moroka Swallows to the Lucas ‘Masterpiece’ Moripe Stadium in a crucial Absa Premiership encounter on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Tshwane giants booked their spot in this year’s Nedbank Cup final after a 3-2 win over Platinum Stars after extra-time in midweek. Matsatsantsa will be eager to carry the momentum into the last few games of the league season as they aim to finish in the top four.

Swallows, on the other hand, will be keen to spoil the Tshwane side’s mood when they clash heads with the defending Nedbank Cup winners on Saturday afternoon.

The Dube Birds have started to come into their own over the past few weeks after suffering an indifferent start to the season. Swallows thumped Golden Arrows 4-1 in their last Premiership match. The win kept alive the Soweto side’s slim hopes of finishing the season in the top four.

SuperSport midfielder George Maluleka says the win against Dikwena in midweek lifted moral within the squad.

“The win lifted moral within the squad and now we are looking forward to the remainder of the season. The players are really excited and confident going into the final part of the season,” said Maluleka.

The former Ajax Cape Town midfielder added that the opposition on Saturday have improved but he is confident that Matsatsantsa can continue their good run of form at home against the Dube Birds.

“They have been doing very well, we need to watch them, they possess the top scorer in their team but I’m confident we can contain them. I think their poor record at our stadium will count against them,” added the 24-year old.

Moroka Swallows captain Lefa Tsutsulupa like Maluleka thinks Katlego Mashego, who is the top scorer in the league this season, will play a key role on Saturday, as he has throughout the season.

“We have done very well in our last few games, I think Mashego has played a key role with all the goals he has contributed to the squad,” said Tsutsulupa.

The Dube Birds skipper added that he doesn’t feel SuperSport will suffer from tired legs come the weekend’s game.

“SuperSport are a tough, well organised side. We need to apply ourselves positively and hopefully we can win, we have prepared very well and we are on top of our game,” added Tsutsulupa.

“I don’t think they will be fatigued, their coach knows how to use his side and there are many ways to recover from tiredness.”

The reverse fixture between the two sides in December last year ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for Matsatsantsa.

Goals from Hartog, Paulse and Maluleka secured all three points for the Tshwane side. Mashego bagged the Dube Birds solitary goal of the game.


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