Baroka FC came to the PSL with high hopes of winning a trophy and the league in their first season. Their dreams are now shattered as they are lying at the bottom of the PSL league and there are no signs of any rescue mission on the table as they were hammered 6 – 0 by Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.
Their coach Goloko Thobejane just returned this week as the senior coach after Jacob Sakala was shown the door for not bringing in any changes in the team. Baroka are now sinking deeply as they have already played 18 games out of 30 meaning that they are only left with 12 games to rescue their PSL status.
The PSL league is becoming more interesting as the number of matches are reducing each and every week. Baroka tried their best during the first round of the season but it was not good enough in the PSL and they are now facing the axe.
The 5 – 0 loss to Bidvest Wits was Baroka’s worst loss in the PSL in their first season and reasons leading to the team struggling in the PSL range from a lot of things. An emergency is needed at Baroka FC before it is too late. They have to collect points from their next game or else they will be playing in the NFD next season.
Having tasted PSL football it will be very heartbreaking for Baroka players to play in the NFD again as they really showed they do not belong to the NFD last season after they were crowned NFD Champions and qualified for PSL promotion automatically.
Their younger brothers Highlandspark also from the NFD are lying 15th on the log and are one point away from Baroka FC. It seems Baroka and Highlandspark will return to the NFD if they don’t pull up their socks from now on. The PSL relegation zone is very hectic as there are a number of candidates facing the relegation axe.
The surprising factor about Baroka’s position in the league is that they are playing good football and only missing out on scoring goals when they get to the goals of their opponents. They are known to play attractive football from the NFD and now they are wondering what might have happened in the PSL.
It seems as if the change of goalkeeper in the game was the reason they conceded a lot of goals but they were not matching Wits in any department. Wits were on top of Baroka from the first whistle and the score should have been 8 to 10 goals if the goalkeeper did not stop some of the clear goals from Wits players.
A lot needs to be done from tomorrow morning at Baroka training grounds and they have to use the current players as they are not allowed to buy any player after the closing of the window period on the 31st January 2017. They can only look for free experienced players who are ready for any team from now on. Two or three free experienced players might save them from the relegation zone.