Moroka Swallows F.C.
|Full name||Moroka Swallows Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Birds, The Beautiful Birds,
The Dube Birds
|Founded||10 October 1947|
|Ground||Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto,
Founded in 1947, Swallows are considered as one of the original two Soweto clubs, together with Orlando Pirates. The team currently plays in the SAB league after a stream of relegation from 3 soccer division they were the Absa Premiership, National First Division and the Motsepe League.
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 ANC 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.
- 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 & CEO: Leon Prins
- General manager: Sipho Xulu
- Team manager: Bennet Mtshali
- Coach: * Craig Rosslee
- Assistant coach: Fani Madida
- Goalkeeper coach: Edgard da Silva
First team squadEdit
As of 12 March 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.
- Greg Etafia (permanent residency)
Notable former coachesEdit
- PSL Club Info Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Moroka Swallows Football Club – Succession
- The history of Moroka Swallows Football Club: Don’t follow me, follow the Birds!
- The history of Moroka Swallows Football Club
- The Second Decade (1957–1967)
- Moroka Swallows Big XV 1968–1978
- PART 5: THE FOURTH DECADE (1979–1988)
- PART 6: THE FIFTH DECADE (1989–1998)
- PART 7: THE SIXTH DECADE (1999–2008)
- "Moroka Swallows' relegation a historic one in South Africa". ESPN FC. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- "Moroka Swallows". Kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- Kickoff PSL Yearbook 2013/2014, p. 32.