LIKE a cat on a hot tin roof, the Baroka FC technical staff find themselves confronted with a daunting task as they try to pick up the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in a desperate bid to evade the dreaded relegation axe.
The Absa Premiership tail enders failed to use their territorial advantage as they shared the spoils with Highlands Park at the Peter Mokaba stadium in a May 17 fixture.
The goalless draw leaves the two sides in the relegation zone ahead of the final round of fixtures on May 27.
Both Baroka and Highlands Park were promoted to South Africa’s elite league at the commencement of the 2016/17 league season and now they find themselves perched precariously at the basement of the log standings.
Baroka, who are propping up the standings with 25 points from 29 games, will end their campaign against top-eight contenders Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City.
On Wednesday night, Bakgaga, as Baroka are affectionately known among the legion of the devoted followers, came out firing with their first effort on goal in the second minute, but Jose Garcia saw his shot from the edge of the box well-saved by Highlands keeper Tapuwa Kapini.
The home side continued with their threats with Sepana Letsoalo advancing the opposition goals, but had to watch haplessly as his long range effort sail wide of the target.
In the 16th minute Highlands had their first real attempt on goal courtesy of Peter Shalulie, but his shot from just outside the box was superbly saved by Oscarine Masuluke.
The visitors could have opened the scoring account in the 36th minute when Mothobi Mvala seemed to be in control but his shot went over the crossbar.
Baroka remain rooted to the foot of the table, while Highlands have dropped to 15th spot, following Chippa United’s big win over SuperSport United.