Starting XI: Richards Bay v Swallows

Swallows FC
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Swallows FC begin life under Ernst Middendorp with a DStv Premiership against Richards Bay FC on Saturday afternoon.

DStv Premiership

Teams: Richards Bay FC v Swallows FC

Date: 31 December 2022

Venue: King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium

Time: 15h30

The German tactician took over as the Dube Birds' head coach after the club parted ways with Dylan Kerr in September.

Middendorp takes over with the Soweto outfit sitting in 14th position after 12 matches played this campaign.

Swallows, however, are unbeaten in their last three league encounters, which included a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United before the break.

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On other the hand, Richards Bay will be looking to build on their impressive start to life in the top flight as they currently sit in third spot.

The Natal Rich Boyz enter this afternoon's clash unbeaten in their last eight matches, which included getting wins over Royal AM and Stellenbosch.

Richards Bay have only suffered one defeat on home soil this season, while the Dube Birds are yet win on the road this campaign.

Here's how they line up:

Richards Bay FC: 80. Magoola, 34. Nyauza, 35. Mabua, 12. Mathebula, 10. Memela, 5. Mthethwa, 2. Maphathe, 50. Zungu, 45. Ntsundwana, 30. Barns, 7. Msani.

Subs: 16. Jacobs, 20. Mthembu, 15. Hlongwa, 14. Majadibou, 9. Mbuthuma, 27. Makateng, 22. Mabuya, 4. Mtolo, 38. Dlamini

Swallows FC: 31. Mbanjwa, 32. Lukhubeni, 4. Allan, 28. Sasman, 23. Shwabule, 18. Damons, 39. Matsheke, 20. Musonda, 47. Wambi, 41. Khumalo.

Subs: 50. Tshabalala, 2. Sibiya, 44. Mngonyama, 49. Ngwenya, 34. Sait, 25. Patjie, 3. Isaacs, 7. L.Mtshali, 26. Malinga.

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