Absa Premiership

Etafia praises soaring Birds

2014-08-11 16:30
Greg Etafia (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows' veteran goalkeeper Greg Etafia has praised his teammates for their tremendous performance following their victory over Orlando Pirates on the opening weekend of the PSL.

The Dube Birds claimed a 2-1 victory over the Buccaneers in the 'original' Soweto derby played at the Orlando stadium.

The Nigerian international kept the Birds in the game with his outstanding saves, which followed his erratic clearance that resulted in the Sea Robbers penalty which was converted by Oupa Manyisa in the first half.

"There was a bad kick I made and it resulted in the Pirates penalty," said Etafia.

"But I am happy that at the end of the day I made amends to my mistake through my performance.  

"It could have cost us the game.

"But I am happy with the team efforts.

"This is a start we were looking for as a team.

"We really played well as a team."

Swallows found the back of the net through the debutant midfielder, Lantshene Phalane and veteran striker Lerato Chabangu.

The 31-year-old goal minder won the man of the match award on the night with his heroic performance, which he dedicated to his family and the Swallows supporters following the death of his younger brother.

"It was a tough game for me," said Etafia.

"I played the match under a very difficult situation because I just lost my younger brother.

"I dedicated this award to him, the rest of my family and the Moroka Swallows supporters who came in numbers to support the team."

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