Moroka Swallows F.C.

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Moroka Swallows
Full name Moroka Swallows Football Club
Nickname(s) The Birds, The Beautiful Birds,
The Dube Birds
Founded 10 October 1947
Ground Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto,
Ground Capacity 24,000
Owner FB Soccer Investment Ltd., Cape Town
Chairman Leon Prins
Coach Portugal Zeca Marques
League ABSA Premiership
2012-13 ABSA Premiership, 9th

Moroka Swallows are a South African football (soccer) club based in Johannesburg. The club plays in the Premier Soccer League.[1]

Founded in 1947, Swallows are considered as one of the original Soweto clubs together with Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.


The club was founded in the 1940s by a trio of soccer lovers, Ishmael Lesolang, Strike Makgatha and Johnny Kubheka.[2]

They originally named the side Congregated Rovers after the firm in which most of the players and officials worked, later changing it to Moroka Rovers.[3]

But then, on 10 October 1947, the trio decided to change the name again to Moroka Swallows, basing themselves in the township formally known as Masakeng.[4]

The name has lasted for the best part of 55 years, a period which has seen consistent success both on the field and off it.[5]

The 1950s and 1960s were a successful time for the club, culminating in their greatest ever achievement, winning the South African League title in 1965.[6]

Off the field, the club was becoming a business and in 1971 they became the first ever soccer team to register as a public company.

That same year they were also the first to receive an official sponsorship when Teljoy began their association with the club. [7] The decade between 1982 and 1992 was a successful one for the team, culminating in four pieces of silverware.[8]

In 2007 the club celebrated its 60th anniversary. Two years later Swallows won the Nedbank Cup, the club's first piece of silverware after five years.[9]


Club records[edit]


Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • MD & CEO: South Africa Leon Prins
  • General manager: South Africa Sipho Xulu
  • Team manager: South Africa Bennet Mtshali
  • Coach: Portugal Zeca Marques
  • Assistant coach: South Africa Fani Madida
  • Goalkeeper coach: Brazil Edgard da Silva


First team squad[edit]

As of 5 September 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Igor Bondžulić
2 South Africa DF Rudi Isaacs
4 South Africa MF Asavela Mbekile
5 Georgia (country) MF Giorgi Nergadze
6 South Africa DF Ashraf Hendricks
8 South Africa MF Nkosinathi Ogle
9 South Africa FW Darren Lurie
10 South Africa FW Siyabonga Nomvethe
11 South Africa MF Dikgang Mabalane
12 South Africa MF Lefa Tsutsulupa (Captain)
13 Zimbabwe DF Gilbert Mapemba
No. Position Player
14 South Africa MF Lerato Chabangu
16 South Africa DF Roger Da Costa
19 South Africa DF Luvhengo Mungomeni
20 South Africa FW Edward Manqele (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
22 South Africa DF Levy Mokgothu
23 South Africa MF Tshwarelo Bereng
24 Nigeria MF Felix Obada
28 South Africa DF Larry Cohen
29 South Africa GK Sage Stephens
31 South Africa DF Shere Lekgothoane
34 Nigeria GK Greg Etafia
50 Lebanon GK Allan Thomas


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]


External links[edit]