The once great Moroka Swallows could sink to a new low this weekend as they stare relegation from the ABC Motsepe League right in the face during their last game.
Having dropped out of the NFD in 2015/16, the Dube Birds are now on the brink of falling into the fourth tier of South African football on Saturday afternoon, with the club facing high-flying Orange Vaal Professionals on Saturday afternoon.
However, with Garankuwa United – who are one point and one place above them – playing tomorrow evening, the former Soweto giants could have another nail in their coffin should their relegation rivals beat Dondol Stars on Wednesday.
Swallows can technically finish as high as 12th if results go their way, but anything other than a win on Saturday is likely to condemn them to yet another relegation.
In each Province – so Gauteng for Swallows - the two lowest ranked teams by the end of the season will be relegated to U21 SAB Regional League. The Birds are currently 15th and a game ahead of 14th-placed Garankuwa.
P W D L GS GC GD Pts
12. M. Tigers 29 5 12 12 29 48 -19 27
13. Vaal Professionals 29 6 8 15 31 40 -9 26
14. Garankuwa United 28 5 10 13 24 37 -13 25
15. Moroka Swallows 29 5 9 15 33 49 -16 24
16. Mofolo B.T. Stars 28 6 3 19 34 70 -36 21
It’s a sad state of affairs for a club that finished second in the Absa Premiership and won the MTN8 title in 2012, with hard times befalling the loyal supporters of one of Mzansi’s oldest clubs.