WHILST most football fans have resigned themselves to the fact that Baroka FC would be out of the PSL next season, the team’s CEO Morgan Mammila is singing a different tune.
Mammila remains optimistic and faithful that the co-coaches, Kgoloko Thobejane and Milton Dlamini, have abilities to save the team from automatic relegation to the National First Division (NFD).
The team has seven matches to play until the end of the ABSA premiership.
“At Baroka, we are a team of fighting for honours, not relegation. So, I’m not even thinking of relegation now. It’s just to see to it that we move away from the relegation zone and then we will think of Top 8 if possible.
“Thobejane has been with the club for as long as I can remember and he brought the team to the PSL last season. He was demoted to the assistant coaching capacity in January and the club roped in Jacob Sakala as head coach but was
suspended in February together with his technical team after few games in charge,” said Mammila.
Dlamini, formerly with National First Division side, Mbombela United, was appointed as Thobejane co-coach early in March to help rescue the team from the relegation zone.
Mammila says the two are given necessary support in this difficult situation:
“They have all the support. We are giving them all the resources so that they can win games.”
Bakgaga are still rooted at the bottom of the ABSA premiership table with 18 points after 22 games played.
They are two points behind fellow relegation candidate Free State Stars who have also played the same number of games.
Dlamini and Thobejane earlier indicated that they would focus on problematic areas in their side.
“We have nine games to play. We are okay because the league has not yet been concluded. It does so after 30 games, not after 20 games. We are not worried because we will never get relegated. I have to be confident,” Dlamini said.