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Swallows coach warns players

Moorosi Tsiane

The coach of the relegation threatened Swallows, Nthako Nalana, has warned his players that they risk losing their Econet Premier League status if they do not change their attitude.

The Premier League returnees are anchoring the 14-team league table with 12 points from 20 matches while Majantja are second from the bottom with 15 points after 19 matches.

The situation is now worsened by the fact that the players have been absconding training since their last league appearance last month. In their last league match last month, the Mazenod outfit suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Galaxy.

Swallows returned to top flight football at the start of this season but have struggled for results, a situation that has led to changing and chopping of coaches.

They have registered just two victories in 20 games so far and recently produced one of their best performances holding Bantu to a goalless draw but failed to maintain the same standards since then losing their next two games to Kick4Life and Galaxy.

Nalana, who was appointed the coach towards end of first round, has blamed his players for lacking commitment to the team.

Swallows last played in the league in their 1-0 loss to Galaxy and will be out of action until March 30th and Nalana says his players are not attending training sessions.

“This is the time where we were supposed to be working hard trying to get in shape because we are faced up with such a huge task of trying to escape relegation but with how things are going at the moment in this team, I don’t see how we achieve that,” Nalana said.

“You won’t believe it when I tell you that since our last match last month, my players have been taking turns to come to training session.”

The former LMPS coach said the situation affects his work because he is not able to prepare his sessions as he doesn’t know how many players will show up on that certain day.

“It is very frustrating because you will come prepared and then you find there are only three players. So how do you hold a session with three players when you need 11 players on the field?” asked Nalana.

He said he has tried to engage the team management but nothing has changed.

“I have engaged the management because I thought they were the only people who could help me but nothing has been done until today. The last time we talked, they said they would come but they never did,” Nalana said.


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