BY ELLIOT MATHYE
Moroka Swallows chief executive Leon Prins has come out to defend the club coach Rainer Zobel saying it would be unreasonable to end his contract early despite the team’s inability to win games in the Absa Premiership.
The Birds have not started the season on a good note,and are currently in the bottom of the log and Prins is of the view that Maswaiswai will rise from the dead under their current technical team.
“The club’s current situation need a collective effort, from the management, players and the technical staff. You can’t single handedly put a blame to just one person. We have put measures in place to analyse critically why we have started so badly and my assessment is that firing the coach at this stage will not do us any good”.
Swallows are the only club which has not won any game among the 16 Premiership teams and they have just collect only one point from a possible 18 in 11 outings so far. However, they did reach the final of the MTN8 but that was like a drop in an ocean as they could not translate their cup pedigree to their league performance. “During my playing days at Swallows, we had never changed a coach in the middle of the season because that can be troublesome. I don’t think we should depart from that principle now,” Prins added.
At the end of the 2008/09, Birds fired Julio Leal shortly after he led them to the NedBank Cup glory which they won 1-0 over the National First division side, Pretoria University. Then, Prins cited that the main reason for Leal’s sacking was the club’s failure to qualify for the top 8.
He said:”I don’t think we should read a lot into how we’ve started this season, even though it is extremely disappointing. Last season we picked up points mostly in the second round, and I think we can recover from this.”
Prins blames Swallows for their terrible start exactly on their MTN8 run, which ended after they were brought to tears by Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates during the final last month.
Birds will play their next league game when they host the wounded Golden Arrows at Dobsonville Stadium on November 10, then travel to North West’s Moruleng Stadium where they have a date with Platinum Stars (November 13) before they could return home where they will rub shoulders with the struggling league champions Supersports United (November 27)