Absa Premiership

Monyai worried for Swallows

2015-05-13 07:43
Tebogo Monyai (Gallo Images)

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 hard.

"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 now.

"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.

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