More woes for hap­less Baroka

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Any­one in his right mind would have re­fused to sign the ul­ti­ma­tum Ja­cob Sakala, Ed­ward Williams and Mark Har­ri­son did.

They were re­port­edly in­structed to win the fol­low­ing four games or else they’d be shown the door.

To face and beat Bid­vest Wits, Cape Town City, Polok­wane City and Kaizer Chiefs is a big ask.

The trio were al­legedly asked to sign a let­ter agree­ing to this daunt­ing task, but they were put on ice af­ter they re­fused to sign.

It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine the team that has only won two games this sea­son win­ning the next four against some of the best-per­form­ing teams.

Baroka have al­ready lost one of the four matches to Bid­vest Wits on Wednes­day. And at the rate they are go­ing, it does not look like they will win any of the rest.

They face a high-rid­ing Cape side at home this af­ter­noon.

City go back to Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium – where they won their maiden cup – hop­ing to add to Baroka’s woes, who are still smart­ing from their 5-0 de­feat by the Stu­dents.

The Lim­popo side has not won a game since Oc­to­ber. Iron­i­cally, their last vic­tory was over this af­ter­noon’s op­po­nents.

But that was then and City have since turned the cor­ner. Eric Tin­kler’s side are not pushovers and in cap­tain Lebogang Manyama and Aubrey Ngoma, they have one of the best duos in the league.

The for­mer Su­per­Sport star is challenging for the top scorer’s award, hav­ing scored 10 goals – just one be­hind top scorer Tendai Ndoro – be­fore this week­end’s round of matches.

The last time City were in town – Polok­wane – they lifted the Telkom Knock­out Cup when they de­feated Su­per­Sport United in De­cem­ber.

Be­fore then, they beat Baroka at the same venue in the same com­pe­ti­tion.

Tin­kler’s charges are on a roll, hav­ing col­lected 32 points in 18 games.

And they are favourites to con­tinue with their su­perb form against the hap­less Baroka, who are likely to go back to the Na­tional First Divi­sion.

The fact that Baroka only have two wins un­der their belt proves that life has been too tough for them in the Premier­ship.

They have to start ac­cu­mu­lat­ing points – very soon – if they are hop­ing to avoid the drop.

The re­turn of Kgoloko Thobe­jane to the dugout against Wits did not yield the re­quired re­sults and only time will tell if the man­age­ment was right to side­line Sakala and com­pany.

The fact that Baroka only have two wins ... proves life has been too tough for them in the Premier­ship

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

RELOADED Richard Mat­loga of Baroka and Cape Town City’s Tham­sanqa Mkhize will go head-to­head again this af­ter­noon

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