Absa Premiership

I'm still a Swallows man - Marques

2014-11-19 14:06
Zeca Marques (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Former Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques on Wednesday said he had not cut his ties with the Soweto club despite it slipping into the Premiership relegation zone under his watch.

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While assistant coach Fani Madida has been elevated to the role of caretaker coach, Marques said he was still involved with the club.

"Club CEO Leon Prins suggested I take a break and see if the switch with Fani could bring about a change in fortunes," Marques said.

"Hopefully this will work. Fani was an exceptional player and has a lot of experience as a coach as well. He can certainly do the job.

"As to my own position, I'm taking a break and we'll just have to wait and see how matters develop."

The influx of new players earlier in the season resulted in Swallows going through a difficult teething period, he said.

"But the new signings are now settling down and there is no reason why the club will not turn the corner."

The Birds had plummeted to 13th place on the PSL log table with a mere 10 points from 10 games.

They will be desperate to turn the tide under the restructured Madida regime when they entertain fellow-strugglers University of Pretoria in Dobsonville on Saturday.

Madida felt a club of Swallows' calibre should not be lingering in the relegation zone.

"My objective for the season is to steer the team into a top eight position," he said.

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