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Nyatama Praises Swallows Fight

  • May 12, 2024
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Nyatama Praises Swallows Fight

Moroka Swallows coach Musa Nyatama hailed his team’s vital 2-0 victory against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday, emphasizing the importance of every point in their fight against relegation.

The win at Dobsonville Stadium was a crucial step for Swallows, but the battle for survival remains far from over. The three points only extended the gap between them and the relegation zone to five points, highlighting the precariousness of their situation, especially considering Richards Bay’s win over Orlando Pirates on the same day.

Swallows currently occupy an uncomfortable 13th position on the DStv Premiership table with 32 points from 28 games. They are acutely aware of the threat posed by relegation-threatened teams like Richards Bay breathing down their necks.

“We wanted it more,” declared Nyatama. He praised his players and technical team but acknowledged the need for consistency. “We’ve done well against the big teams, but can we replicate that effort against the so-called smaller teams? We need a mentality shift,” he remarked.

Nyatama pinpointed a recurring issue – a tendency to rise to the occasion against stronger opponents but falter against seemingly weaker teams. He is determined to address this inconsistency to ensure their survival.

“We become complacent,” admitted Nyatama frankly. He cited the previous week’s loss to Cape Town City as an example. “We missed a penalty and other chances, and that can cost you games, especially against teams struggling this season.”

Nyatama understands the gravity of the situation. Winning matches is crucial, but so is overcoming complacency and embracing the challenge with unwavering resolve. The upcoming matches against SuperSport United and Royal AM hold immense significance – they are Swallows’ final opportunities to secure their top-flight status.

With the pressure mounting, Nyatama and his men are determined to dig deep and fight for their place in the DStv Premiership. The upcoming fixtures will be a true test of their character and hunger for survival.

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