Cape Town - Former
Moroka Swallows defender Tebogo Monyai is concerned that the current squad may
not have the legs to come out on top of the PSL promotion-relegation play-offs.
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The seasoned Dube Birds will battle it out for the right to
play in the Absa Premiership again next season after avoiding automatic
relegation, but face National First Division teams Jomo Cosmos and Black
Leopards in the play-offs.
Swallows are considered one of the oldest team in the
Premiership, with players such as Siyabonga Nomvethe (37), Lefa Tsutsulupa
(35), Dikgang Mabalane (35) and Shere Lekgothoane (35), who form part of the
core of the regular first team.
Monyai believes the NFD under-23 rule, which requires clubs
to field five youngsters during the league campaign, will put the other two
teams in good stead.
Now captain of University of Pretoria, Monyai said PSL
survival may be a bridge too far for his former club.
"It will be very tough for Swallows to play more games
after they dug deep and competed for the entire season until the death,"
Monyai told Football411.
"After all of that hard work, they will have to come
back to compete against hungry youngsters from the NFD - that will be very
"We know that the players at Swallows are much older
and there might be a possibility that there is no more fuel left in the tank
"It was unfortunate that such a big club like Swallows
would find themselves be in that position."
The play-offs begin Sunday, where Leopards will take on
Cosmos in Thohoyandou, while Swallows will face Leopards in their first match
at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday.