No signs of Baroka spec­tac­u­lar free-fall abat­ing

African Times - - Sport - SAVIOUS KWINIKA

THE thrilling days of un­fan­cied Baroka FC lead­ing the Absa Premier­ship ta­ble are now a dis­tant mem­ory with the side even los­ing grip of their berth in the top eight.

Baroka’s lat­est set­back in a cam­paign that promised so much but de­liv­ered lit­tle is an ag­o­nis­ing 2-0 de­feat at the hands of sur­prise pack­age Mar­itzburg United at Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium in Polok­wane this past week­end.

Bak­gaga as the Lim­popo based side is af­fec­tion­ately called, have faded spec­tac­u­larly in yet an­other sea­son char­ac­terised by in­sta­bil­ity.

Their sec­ond stint in the premier­ship has wors­ened after head coach, the an­i­mated Kgokolo Thobe­jane was ex­pelled along­side cap­tain Olaleng Shaku and world fa­mous goal­keeper Os­carine Ma­su­luke­for for al­legedly drink­ing al­co­hol in the team bus after re­turn­ing from a match in which they lost

0-2 to Free State Stars.

Kit man­ager Del­bert Lekoana and as­sis­tant goal­keeper trainer Tshe­go­fatso Mach­ene were also ex­pelled. Baroka have since been on a freefall with the ap­point­ment of Mc­Don­ald Makhubedu as care­taker coach fail­ing to ad­dress the de­cline.

They are ninth on the 16-team log ta­ble after the set­back against

Mar­itzburg United.

While the fo­cus has been at the top of the ta­ble where the ti­tle has turned into a two-horse race be­tween Mamelodi Sun­downs and Or­lando

Pi­rates, there were mixed for­tunes for the league’s cri­sis­torn sides this past week­end. Kaizer Chiefs, pelted by mis­siles by their own fans at the FNB Sta­dium last week, bounced back at the same venue at the ex­pense of bot­tom-placed Plat­inum Stars.

Amakhosi’s nar­row 1-0 vic­tory leaves Plat­inum Stars in dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion.

Sec­ond-from-bot­tom Ajax Cape Town man­aged a late point in a 1 – 1 draw against Chippa United at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium.

Su­pers­port United re­main in dan­ger fol­low­ing a goal­less draw away to Cape Town City. Free State Stars drew 1 - 1 with Bloem­fontein Celtic in the Free State derby at Goble Park Sta­dium.

Else­where, Sun­downs main­tained their ti­tle charge with a 2-0 vic­tory over out­go­ing cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits at Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium in Pre­to­ria.

First half ef­forts by Themba Zwane and for­mer Wits mid­fielder Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi se­cured three points.

Pi­rates kept the ti­tle race alive with a come-from-be­hind 2-1 win away to AmaZulu in Dur­ban. – CAJ News

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