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Swallows Issue Statement On Technical Team Status  

Following a tumultuous couple of weeks and crisis talks within the club, Swallows have now issued an official statement on the status of the technical team.

The Siya crew broke the news of coach Brandon Truter being placed on leave on September 23, with his assistant Simo Dladla asked to take over three matches – the two against Cape Town City in the league and MTN8 as well as the trip to defending DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

In that time, the results did not improve.

Truter took time off after the Dube Birds were hammered 3-0 by SuperSport United in their own backyard, forcing chairman David Mogashoa to apologise to the fans on his Twitter account at the sound of the final whistle.

Under Dladla, who made comments on TV that insinuated he was set to take over, but later attempted to clarify them, Swallows played to a goalless draw in the first game against City and then suffered a 4-0 thrashing in the cup.

At the weekend, Downs brushed them aside with relative ease and put three goals past them to add to their woes.

Mogashoa has now confirmed that Truter will be returning.

“Late yesterday afternoon (Monday), the management of the Club held an emergency meeting with coach Brandon Truter. This followed his two-week (or three matches) leave. Swallows FC wants to reiterate that the leave was mutually agreed upon following unsatisfactory developments within the team,” read the statement.  

“It's common knowledge that assistant Simo Dladla was mandated to carry the mandate of running the team. Coach Truter has now returned from leave and will be in charge of the team from now on. We would like to wish him and the team well.

The chairman also confirmed that Kamaal Sait remains suspended as he faces a disciplinary hearing, a story that was reported by Soccer Laduma at the weekend.

“Assistant coach Dladla will continue in his role while performance analyst, Mr. Kamaal Sait will remain suspended, pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing. The Board of the team is not happy with the current performance of the team and it can't rule out drastic changes if the situation persists,” Mogashoa explained.

Story by @superjourno

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