BAROKA FC may have just made history by winning the Telkom Knockout trophy but they are now starring relegation in the face.
Now, head coach Wedson Nyirenda is blaming fatigue on his players following a 2-1 defeat by Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership encounter this past Sunday at home.
Sunday’s defeat has left Bakgaga sitting at the bottom of the log with 11 points from 14 games.
“We have played three games in 10 days and the players are still young and are not used this. That is why we had a bad day at the office. We did not show any character or play our normal game. We defended poorly against a team that was hungry for three points. But I think it’s fatigue,” said Nyirenda.
In those 10 days, the Limpopo based side has played against Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout Cup final which Nyirenda’s lads won, followed by a league clash against defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns and now Gavin Hunt’s “Clever Boys”.
The former Kaizer Chiefs player is also appealing to Bakgaga fans not to panic.
“There is nothing to panic about,” explained Nyirenda. “It is true, we are not in the good position on the log. All we have to do is to keep working hard and play our normal game. There is nothing wrong with the team. We have players who can help them team move away from the bottom.”
Baroka face Maritzburg United in their last league game of the year on Saturday at Harry Gwala Stadium (8.15pm). United are second from bottom but have the same number of points as the Telkom Knockout champions.
“It’s going to be a tough game and a game which we have to win at all cost,” said Nyirenda. “It’s going to be survival of the fittest. It’s not going to be an easy game as Maritzburg are also fighting to move away from the relegation zone before the Christmas break. I am confident that we will get all three points.”
Even United coach Fadlu Davids was at the stadium spying on Baroka on Sunday.
“The presence of Fadlu does not worry me. The plan always changes in football. We will plan for United despite Fadlu being at our match,” said Nyirenda.