Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows' long-serving goalkeeper Greg Etafia has targeted an improved campaign as the Dube Birds prepare to visit Orlando Pirates for their season opener.
The former Plateau United man is assured of a start in this weekend's "Original Soweto Derby" with new signing Obren Cuckovic still waiting for his work permit.
Etafia admitted that he would have liked to avoid starting the new season with a derby, but is confident that they can return with something from the Orlando Stadium.
"Pirates are a good side and we respect them, but we are also a good side so it's no problem," Etafia said.
"You probably don't want to start your season playing them, but I believe we've got a squad of players that are capable to get the goods irrespective of the opposition."
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The Birds narrowly survived relegation last season, finishing in a disappointing 13th place and as a result did not get a chance to defend their MTN8 title after failing to qualify for the competition.
The Nigerian goal-minder, who is set to begin his 11th year with the club, added that he is hopeful of a better showing from his side.
"I'm really looking forward to the new PSL season and hoping for better things from the team," he continued. "It wasn't a very good season last term, and we hope to improve upon that and so many other things."Every new season brings a ray of hope and with the new season just around the corner, we hope to make amendments and keep improving as the season progresses and hopefully we'll get something good."
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