Swallows fans bay for blood

Zim-born coach despairs as team misses golden opportunities
BY MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG - Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa and his technical staff have the police and security personnel to thank, after irate Moroka Swallows fans threatened to manhandle the coach when the team slumped to

its third successive draw of the season at Germiston Stadium.
The ugly scenes started as soon as the referee blew his final whistle, with the fans booing and verbally abusing Gorowa as he made his way to the tunnel.
The supporters also mobbed the team bus, where Gorowa’s entry into the bus was met with more derisive remarks by about a hundred supporters baying for his blood.
Incensed after watching their team snatch a 1-1 draw from the jaws of victory against lowly Golden Arrows, the fans have vowed to stay away from matches until the team regained its winning touch.
On the pitch, the Zimbabwe-born coach was close to aggravating his knee injury as he went down on his knees in the touchline on three occasions – in disbelief as his team missed golden chance after chance – as well as throwing water bottles in frustration. The scenes summed up what was his most frustrating afternoon since taking over the reins at Swallows.
The visibly upset tactician was also in no mood to speak to the media after the game but left the onus to his assistant Innocent Mayoyo.
The Birds have not managed victory ever since their impressive opening day victory over Orlando Pirates. The have since then dropped six points by drawing Mamelodi Sundowns, Santos and lately, Arrows.
Moroka Swallows fans are an impatient lot and Gorowa and his draw specialists are skating on thin ice with their recent form.
Last season, placard-wielding fans demonstrated against his successor, Gavin Hunt, who on one occasion had to be escorted off the stadium by police. This is one of the reasons Hunt left for Supersport United.
Gorowa, who was unhappy with his players’ performance on Sunday, has maintained that he is tolerant of fans voicing their disapproval but there had to be limits. Fifth-placed Swallows have the arduous task of redeeming themselves when they tackle log leaders Bloemfontein Celtic away.
While Arrows and Swallows were sharing the spoils, Celtic maintained their stranglehold at the top of the log with a 1-0 triumph over Amazulu while Wilfred Mugeyi’s youthful Ajax Cape Town notched their second successive victory, 1-0 over a 10-man Jomo Cosmos, to shoot to second.
Bekithemba Ndlovu made a welcome return and helped Platinum Stars to a 2-1 win over tail-enders Premier United.
Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs played out a goalless draw in a dour Gauteng derby in Pretoria.

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