Moroka Swallows F.C.
|Full name||Swallows Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Dube Birds |
The Beautiful Birds
The Dube Birds
|Ground||Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto, |
The club was founded in the 1940s by a trio of soccer lovers, Ishmael Lesolang, Strike Makgatha, and Johnny Kubheka.
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.
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.
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.
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.  The decade between 1982 and 1992 was a successful one for the team, culminating in four pieces of silverware.
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.
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.
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.
- South African Soccer League
- Winners: 1965
- Mainstay Cup
- Winners: 1983
- Bob Save Super Bowl
- Winners: 1989, 1991
- BP Top Eight Cup
- Winners: 1975, 1979
- Sales House Cup
- Winners: 1978
- ABSA Cup
- Winners: 2004
- Nedbank Cup
- Winners: 2009
- MTN 8
- Winners: 2012
- Most starts: Andries Mpondo 395
- Most goals: Thomas Hlongwane 73
- Most capped player: Lerato Chabangu 13
- Most starts in a season: Andries Mpondo 49 (1986)
- Most goals in a season: Thomas Hlongwane 27 (1985)
- Record Victory: 8–0 vs African Wanderers (29/9/91, NSL)
- Record Defeat: 2–6 vs Hellenic (7/3/85, Sales House Cup); Rangers (3/7/87, NSL)
Premier Soccer League recordEdit
Club officials/Technical teamEdit
- MD & Chairman: David Mogashoa
- CEO: Sipho Xulu
- Team manager: Elasto Kapowezha
- Coach: * Brandon Truter
- Assistant coach: Thabang Makhura
- Goalkeeper coach: Abselon Johan
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.
- Brad Norman (2019): He converted into the first South African to play in Paraguay following his stint with Moroka Swallows.
Notable former coachesEdit
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