Tsutsulupa reacts to Swallows' third relegation

Tsutsulupa reacts to Swallows' third relegation
Buhle Mkhwanazi of Bidvest Wits challenges Lefa Tsutsulupa of Moroka Swallows during the Absa Premiership match between Moroka Swallows and Bidvest Wits at Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg on 17 February 2015

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Apr 05, 2017. 12:30

In the wake of Moroka Swallows' further relegation to the SAB Regional League, former midfielder Lefa Tsutsulupa says the club lacked professionalism.

The Dube Birds legend featured for the fallen Soweto giants from 2005 until 2015 as he retired from the game to focus on a football-related business.

However, his beloved side was relegated from the Premier Soccer League in the 2014/15 season to the National First Division for the 2015/16 campaign.

They failed to maintain their status as they were demoted to the ABC Motsepe League for the 2016/17 season, and once again, the former MTN8 Cup champions were relegated.

Coach Fani Madida's men are now going to play in the SAB League come next season as they failed to avoid the axe last weekend, losing 2-1 to Orange Vaal Professionals.


The third successive demotion by Swallows prompted the Ladybrand-born midfielder to express his disappointment, but he remains optimistic.

"It was a sad day for football, but I would be lying if I say I was shocked,” he tells the Sowetan website.

"When you run a team in a way some Swallows bosses I can't mention did, this is what happens. Some people must take full responsibility for this.

"When you are working with people you must be professional, the club lacked professionalism at some aspects. Maybe it needed to die so that it can be started afresh by efficient and committed people.

"In football miracles happen. I am positive that maybe we will see the team coming back in the future. It will not be easy because they are in the SAB League now and it will take many stages to come up.''

Meanwhile, Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi said they are working around the clock to find possible financiers to rescue one of the oldest football clubs in the country.

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