Madida: It was do or die

2015-03-12 12:29
Fani Madida (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Moroka Swallows coach Fani Madida was impressed by the manner in which his players responded to pressure during their 2-1 victory against Free State Stars on Wednesday night.

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"It was a case of do-or-die, and the players came through the ordeal with flying colours," said a delighted Madida after the fixture.

Swallows, who are still severely under the cosh in the Premiership relegation scrap, needed to collect maximum points at the Dobsonville Stadium this week but, for protracted periods during the match against Ea Lla Koto, it did not look like the objective would be realised.

Free State Stars talisman Moeketsi Sekola opened his team's account in the 51st minute and the momentum appeared to be with his club for the next 20 minutes. However, two late goals from Ashraf Hendricks and Lerato Chabangu helped Swallows over the line, in the face of adversity.

The result has not altered Swallows’ circumstances significantly just yet, as they are still entrenched in the relegation zone, but their prospects of moving out of danger have been significantly improved.

"Now I believe this morale-boosting victory is just the tonic we have been looking for to change our fortunes and move away from the critical position, in which the players and the club of Swallows' stature should never have found itself," added a visibly relieved Madida.

With the season drawing closer to its conclusion, Swallows still have to negotiate fixtures against Kaizer Chiefs, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Chippa United, SuperSport United and the University of Pretoria.

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