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
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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
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.