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Baroka Chairman Rips Into Malesela

Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has defended his decision to suspend Dan Malesela, saying the head coach’s unnecessary changes cost them the league.

Malesela took charge of Baroka’s first game of the PSL Promotion/playoffs, which they lost 1-0 away to University of Pretoria.

‘Dan Dance’ was then sidelined after allegations that he was selling players to other clubs emerged. Mammila, who exited Chippa United as Technical Director, was roped in and managed two points in two games leaving Bakgaga at the foot of the playoffs log with a slight chance of staying in contention.

Mphahlele told the media after the 1-1 draw with AmaTuks that he stands by his decision regardless of what the eventual outcome of the mini-league ought to be.

“No, why should I take the blame, everybody participated, we failed all of us because first we should have won the league not to go to the playoffs,” said Mphahlele.

“He lost the [first playoff] match, he was going to lose other matches here. There’s no guarantee that after losing that match there he was not going to lose other matches. When was the last that he won here? Long time.

“We should have won the league, if it was not him doing those unnecessary changes. What I’m saying is that if you make stupid mistakes it’s okay, it’s part of the game everybody makes mistake but we are still in.”

The chairman further said that matters around Malesela’s suspension are on hold for the duration of the playoffs.

“It is not concluded because we are focusing on the playoffs. Once we finish with the playoffs, then we will focus on the investigation without any disturbance,” he added.

“He has not been charged. He is suspended, there is no charge. We charge him based on the rumours that we are getting in and we investigate. Once we find that the rumours are indeed correct then we charge him, but if the rumours are not correct there is no problem that’s why we suspended him with pay.”

Baroka’s DStv Premiership return hopes depend heavily on the result between AmaTuks and Richards Bay at the weekend. Both sides are tied on four points, with the Limpopo side sitting on two.

A win for either Tuks or Bay would end Baroka’s chances at promotion, while a win for Bay would secure their DStv Premiership stay before Bakgaka travel to KZN for their final game of the playoffs midweek.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.