Birds plan strong arm tactics for Chiefs


Swallows meet Chiefs at the Amakhosi's alternate venue at Kings Park because Loftus Stadium - their current home away from home due to the World Cup renovations to Soccer City - is being used for the match between Jomo Cosmos and Orlando Pirates.

In a treat for thousands of KZN Chiefs fans, this will be one of four league matches Amakhosi play at King's Park within the next 30 days.

In another big game Chiefs host Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday next week; then there is the massive Soweto Derby match against Pirates on Saturday, November 24; before AmaZulu host Chiefs on December 2.

The Chiefs-Pirates derby, a home game for the Buccaneers, was switched to Durban at the cost of the provincial government to showcase South African football to about 300 international journalists and 3 000 delegates attending the 2010 World Cup preliminary draw at the ICC on Sunday, November 25.

Sandwiched in-between those League matches is a big Telkom Knockout semi final for Chiefs against Bloemfontein Celtic in Mafikeng on Saturday, and Swallows believe the Cup fixture can work to their favour in tomorrow night's PSL game.

Swallows assistant coach Innocent Mayoyo said yesterday that, apart from this being a Soweto Derby, there is a bit of extra niggle in the game following Chiefs' penalties victory over the Birds in the Telkom Cup a month ago.

"We know that Chiefs have a big Cup semi final on the weekend, so we intend to use that to our advantage. We intend to be very physical because we know none of their players will want to get injured before the cup match," ex-Maritzburg United development and assistant coach Mayoyo says.

"We want to go and get stuck into them - we will be hard, but fair. We also remember that in the Telkom Cup, Kaizer Motaung Junior broke our goalkeeper Greg Etafia's hand. And he did the same against Wayne Sandilands when Chiefs played Platinum Stars recently, so that shows that they can be a physical team too."

The assistant to new Swallows' head coach Ian Gorowa said that the 3-2 penalties defeat against Chiefs, in an entertaining and competitive Telkom Knockout game that ended 2-2 after extra time, was a turning point for Swallows this season.

"Since that game we have not lost and our players have been growing in confidence," former journeyman goalkeeper Mayoyo says.

"We have been playing good football this season, but just not able to finish our chances.

"The technical staff have also been trying to change a team that was under the same regime for five years before we got here. We are trying to play a more technical game now, and start the build-ups from the back, and it is not happening quickly. It is a process and the important thing is the team are starting to play good football, and the rest will come later."

Mayoyo said the new Swallows coaching staff hope to bring back the glamour days to a club celebrating its 70th anniversary this season.

"Everyone knows what Swallows are capable of. Both Ian and I are from the same school, which is the Ajax development system, and we both have good ideas.

"This game [against Chiefs] is very important because we have a game in hand and if we win we will jump to third place, and hopefully begin to restore confidence in the glory days for the fans."