Moroka Swallows long for transfer window

Brandon Truter, Moroka Swallows coach, is desperate to beef up his squad.
Brandon Truter, Moroka Swallows coach, is desperate to beef up his squad.
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If he had superpowers, January would arrive tomorrow for Moroka Swallows coach Brandon Truter.

Truter, who replaced Zeca Marques late last month, cannot wait for the next transfer window to open at the start of next year, aiming to reinforce his squad with experienced players.

"People are sending us a lot of CVs of players we should sign, but we want the quality. I can't bring in MDC [MultiChoice Diski Challenge] and ABC Motsepe League players," said Truter, who's just overseen two of Swallows' seven matches this season, with a draw and a defeat.

"The guys we want are registered with PSL teams, they can't even be loaned out because the transfer window is closed. So I can't wait for January to see who we can get, but we will definitely do something to beef up the team."

Since their rebirth before the start of the season, Swallows have found life very difficult in the second tier, with just one win, four defeats and two draws. The Dube Birds are second from the bottom of the GladAfrica Championship.

"Some of these guys [the players] didn't have a pre-season [because the deal to purchase the second-tier status from Maccabi materialised late]. They came in two weeks before the league started and it's showing against good teams. We have a lot of work to do but I'm positive that we'll get there," said Truter.

Having lost 2-1 at home to TS Galaxy on Wednesday, Swallows host in-form Ajax Cape Town at Dobsonville Stadium tomorrow (3.30pm).

"Coming up next is Ajax, It's another challenge for us. We have 48 hours to get the boys recovered, to get the knocks fixed. I pray and believe we'll be ready," said Truter.

NFD fixtures (all at 3.30pm)

Tomorrow: Swallows v Ajax, Dobsonville Stadium (3pm); AmaTuks v Mbombela, Tuks Stadium; FS Stars v Umoya, Goble Park; Eagles v Uthongathi, Chatsworth Stadium; Steenberg v Tshakhuma, Athlone Stadium; Sporting v Cosmos, Kabokweni Stadium.

Sunday: Galaxy v JDR, Kameelrivier; Richards Bay v Kings, Umhlathuze.

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