DDC Preview: Swallows

2 October, 2022

The DStv Diski Challenge continues this coming weekend with Orlando Pirates Reserves making a short trip to Dobsonville Stadium, where they will take on Soweto rivals Swallows on Sunday afternoon.

It’s the young Buccaneers’ second Derby in the first four weeks of the new season, after kicking off the campaign with a clash against Kaizer Chiefs. 

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They face a different opposition this time around against a Swallows side on a high after getting off the mark in the current campaign with a narrow victory over SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium last Sunday.

The result brought the Birds up to 12th place in the standings, taking their tally up to four points with one win, a draw and a defeat in their three matches.

The Bucs Reserves have a near-identical record in the early stages of the campaign and are two spots above Swallows, having scored two more goals. 

This is after a weekend of contrasting fortunes for Soweto’s oldest rivals, where Pirates fell on the wrong end of a 2-0 result against Cape Town City in Atteridgeville.

They had begun the season emphatically, with a 3-2 Derby win away to Chiefs before a goalless draw at home to defending champions Stellenbosch. 

Now in unfamiliar territory on the bottom half of the table, Joseph Makhanya’s troops will be looking to collect all three points on offer in the hopes of jumping up as high as second place, depending on the weekend’s other results.


Pirates will be returning to Dobsonville with some pleasant memories, as it was at this particular venue where they registered the biggest winning margin in fixtures between the two rivals - a 5-1 mauling earlier this year.

The Bucs Reserves went on to complete a league double over the Birds in their final outing of the 2021/22 season, winning 2-0 in Tsakane.

Their exploits tipped things in their favour as far as head-to-head results are concerned, as they currently boast two wins to Swallows in their three clashes so far at this level.

Goals have not been an issue in this young rivalry, and the net has been found a total of 13 times with Pirates leading the way by some distance with nine goals scored. 

How to Watch Orlando Pirates Reserves vs Swallows Reserves 

The game kicks off at 12:30 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport PSL and Variety 4. Entry into the stadium is free.

Orlando Pirates will also be providing live updates across the Club’s social media platforms throughout the duration of the game.