Moroka Swallows F.C.

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Moroka Swallows Football Club (often known as simply Swallows or The Birds) is a South African professional football club based in Soweto in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

Swallows FC
Full nameSwallows Football Club
Nickname(s)The Dube Birds
The Beautiful Birds
The Dube Birds
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947)
GroundVolkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto,
Johannesburg
Capacity24,000
ChairmanDavid Mogashoa
CoachBrandon Truter
LeagueDStv Premiership
2020–212nd
WebsiteClub website

Founded in 1947, Swallows are one of the original two Soweto clubs, together with Orlando Pirates.

Until relegation in the 2014–15 season, the club had played every season of the Premier Soccer League.[1]

They won the 2019–20 National First Division and will compete in the 2020–21 South African Premier Division, and play their home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in the 1940s by a trio of soccer lovers, Ishmael Lesolang, Strike Makgatha, and Johnny Kubheka.[2]

They originally named the side Congregated Rovers after the firm in which most of the players and officials worked, later changing it to Moroka Rovers.[3]

But then, on 10 October 1947, the trio decided to change the name again to Moroka Swallows, basing themselves in the township formally known as Masakeng.[4]

The name has lasted for the best part of 55 years, a period which has seen consistent success both on the field and off it.[5]

The name 'moroka' means 'rain maker' in Setswana and the township was probably named after Chief Moroka of Barolong boo-Seleka who became the president of the African National Congress in 1940s. It is hardly surprising therefore that the club was renamed the 'rain bird'.

The 1950s and 1960s were a successful time for the club, culminating in their greatest ever achievement, winning the South African League title in 1965.[6]

Off the field, the club was becoming a business and in 1971 they became the first ever football team to register as a public company.

That same year they were also the first to receive an official sponsorship when Teljoy began their association with the club. [7] The decade between 1982 and 1992 was a successful one for the team, culminating in four pieces of silverware.[8]

In 2007, the club celebrated its 60th anniversary. Two years later Swallows won the Nedbank Cup, the club's first piece of silverware for five years.[9]

The club narrowly avoided relegation in the 2013–14 season, finishing thirteenth. The 2014–15 season saw them relegated for the first time in their history, finishing 15th, and failing to retain their position after being defeated in the promotion-relegation playoffs.[10]

Following their first relegation from the top level, the club finished bottom of the log in the National First Division, and were relegated again to the SAFA Second Division.

Prior to the start of the 2018–19 season, Swallows purchased the franchise of National First Division team Maccabi for R8 million, and competed in the 2019–20 National First Division.

At the end 2019–20 National First Division season, the club gained promotion to the Premier Soccer League following a 3-0 win against third-placed Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila F.C., and will compete in the 2020–21 South African Premier Division.

HonoursEdit

Club recordsEdit

Source:[11]

Premier Soccer League recordEdit

Club officials/Technical teamEdit

Source:[12]

First team squadEdit

As of 8 October, 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   RSA Lutho Mbanjwa
2 DF   RSA Sipho Sibiya
3 FW   RSA Nathaniel Tladi
4 DF   RSA Thapelo Tshilo
5 DF   RSA Phehello Mokoena
6 MF   RSA Tlakusani Mthethwa
8 MF   RSA Vincent Sithole
9 FW   RSA Lebohang Mokoena
10 MF   RSA Mokeri Senwamadi
12 MF   RSA Bongani Mnguni
13 FW   RSA Zanempi Methula
15 MF   RSA Joseph Banyani
16 GK   RSA Vusumuzi Ntikinga
DF   RSA Sammy Seabi (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
17 MF   RSA Slindokuhle Mponzo
18 DF   RSA Jabulani Mlambo
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   RSA Deveraux Springbok
21 MF   RSA Ayanda Rorwana
22 FW   RSA Itumeleng Shopane
23 DF   RSA Mthokozisi Shwabule
25 DF   RSA Sizwe Nkosi
28 DF   RSA Vuyo Mere
31 DF   RSA Patrick Meso
33 DF   RSA Givemore Khupe
37 GK   NAM Virgil Vries
38 DF   RSA Siphelele Ndlovu
39 FW   RSA Simphiwe Tshabalala
40 MF   RSA Sidney Motshweni
41 MF   RSA Given Thibedi
42 DF   RSA Ricardo Ndiki
44 FW   RSA Joshua Sauls
50 GK   RSA Sanele Tshabalala

Notable playersEdit

  •   Brad Norman (2019): He converted into the first South African to play in Paraguay following his stint with Moroka Swallows.

Notable former coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ PSL Club Info Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Moroka Swallows Football Club - Succession". Moroka Swallows Football Club. 23 March 2010. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The history of Moroka Swallows Football Club". Moroka Swallows Football Club. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "PART 2: THE FIRST DECADE (1947-1957)". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ "THE SECOND DECADE (1957-1967)". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "MOROKA SWALLOWS BIG XV 1968-1978". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. ^ "PART 5: THE FOURTH DECADE (1979-1988)". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ "PART 6: THE FIFTH DECADE (1989-1998)". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "PART 7: THE SIXTH DECADE (1999-2008)". Moroka Swallows Online. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Moroka Swallows' relegation a historic one in South Africa". ESPN FC. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Moroka Swallows". Kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  12. ^ Kickoff PSL Yearbook 2013/2014, p. 32.
  13. ^ "Moroka Swallows Have Appointed Craig Rosslee As Head Coach". www.soccerladuma.co.za. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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