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The Fallen Soweto Giants

Once the giants of South African football, Moroka Swallows now find themselves languishing at the bottom of the PSL table and are now favourites to drop to the National First Division at the end of the season. 

Long before Kaizer Chiefs came into existence, the Dube Birds and Orlando Pirates enthralled fans in what is known as ‘The Original Soweto Derby’. 

Greats such as Andries Maseko, Ace Mnini and Andries' Chaka-Chaka' Mpondo donned the maroon and white colours with pride, something which the current crop of players seem to lack. 

It would be a very sad day for a club, with such a rich history, to be relegated. Where did it all go wrong for the Birds?

Not signing quality players and using ageing players has been cited as some of the reasons for Swallows' downfall, while managing director of Swallows, Leon Prins, has also taken a lot of flak from the fans for the team's dismal showings this season.

The disgruntled fans feel that the club owner isn't doing much to save their beloved team. How can one manage a club when he lives over a thousand kilometres away from Soweto in Cape Town?

It is saddening to see the state of the club and one can only hope that they can come right...With a handful of games remaining this season, can the Dube Birds survive?


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