Can Moroka Swallows Survive DStv Premiership Drop After Dismissing 22 Players?

Can Moroka Swallows Survive DStv Premiership Drop After Dismissing 22 Players?

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 20, 2024 at 6:35 PM
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  • Moroka Swallows have dismissed over half their of first squad following a disciplinary process
  • Chairman David Mogashoa sought to have the players fired for striking over unpaid wages
  • The Dube Birds were fined R1 million by the PSL for not honouring two league fixtures

Moroka Swallows are walking a tightrope in more ways than one.

Financial problems have seen the club in trouble on and off the pitch and will now rebuild their season from scratch after dismissing more than half the squad.

The club's management initiated disciplinary processes against striking players and their representatives delivered their verdict on Friday.

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Moroka Swallows have released 22 players following their disciplinary hearing, with Andile Jali and Ghabadinho Mhango still expecting to hear their fate. Photo: @Skhalazo_NMZ.
Source: Twitter

The Dube Birds terminated the contracts of 22 players, including both of their first-choice goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Buhle Thompson.

A statement released by Swallows' legal representatives explains the basis of the decision. As published by Sunday World, it read:

“After consideration of all the factors, [we] find the employment relationship cannot be sustained and dismissal is the only appropriate sanction."

Of the 20 players in the matchday squad for the goalless draw with Royal AM, six of the starting XI and five of those from the substitutes bench have departed.

Those who have managed to avoid being fired include Andile Jali, Keegan Allan, Ghabadino Mhango and Keenan Phillips. However, SABC Sport reports that their dismissals are still pending.

In their current financial position, Swallows are unlikely to afford a new squad and if The Dube Birds hope to rely on the DStv Diski Challenge squad, it may not be pretty viewing.

Swallows' DDC team sit third from bottom, having just been beaten 5-0 by SuperSport United.

To avoid automatic relegation, Swallows must hope Cape Town Spurs are unable to pick up at least 15 points more than them in the final 14 games of the season.

However, the relegation playoffs could be beckoning as Richards Bay FC are just six points behind.

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David Mogashoa mocks Cape Town Spurs

Sports Brief recently reported on the Moroka Swallows Chairman's mockery of Cape Town Spurs.

Following the PSL's disciplinary verdict, David Mogashoa made a social media post laughing at his rivals.

The post was in response to Spurs' letter to the PSL that called for the league to punish Swallows harshly.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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