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Malesela – What Baroka Need To Do To Secure Playoff Spot

Baroka FC head coach Dan Malesela says discipline is going to be key, if the Limpopo side are to secure one of the promotion/relegation playoffs spots.

Bakgaga salvaged a point in the penultimate round of the Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign at home against JDR Stars, a result that left them in third position tied on 46 points with JDR behind them.

They are two points from second-placed University of Pretoria (Tuks) who they meet on the final day.  

Magesi FC have already won the title in round 27, leaving everyone to fight for the two spots for the playoffs.

Baroka are bidding to return to topflight following their relegation to the Championship two seasons ago and Malesela says he expects the match to be tough, admitting there will be natural anxieties the final round will bring.

“What will be required from us will be the discipline on the day,” said Malesela.

“The discipline of the match, you know how disciplined are we. I think we lost a little bit of our discipline today when the first goal was scored, because the centre-backs were too far apart and the instruction was to say, if it is Nxumalo then you sit very close and see if you can manage him.

“But we didn’t do that, so the discipline was lost a little bit and hopefully it won’t in the future.

“We are trying to reduce the anxiety but it’s a natural thing that is not too easy to get rid of.

“You know I saw with some of the occurrences of the game today. We will always be managing and not in total control but we hope it will be fine with the next match.”

Meanwhile, JDR Stars will face fifth-placed Maritzburg who sit on 43 points and also still have a small chance at the playoff spot, should they beat JDR and Baroka lose, due to their better goal difference.

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.