Barkoa FC coach, MacDonald Makhubedu, looks on during a match. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - Baroka FC coach MacDonald Makhubedu admits he is extremely concerned that his team is being dragged into the relegation/play-off skirmish.

The Polokwane side lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday night – and it is now critically important that they win their next game; if not, it could get really tight in the final game of the season.

Baroka are in 10th position on the 16-team PSL log, but have only 33 points. Ajax, third-from-bottom, have 31, which is an indication of the traffic jam at the basement of the standings.

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Makhubedu stressed that his team will have to get maximum points in their home fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday. The final game is away to SuperSport United and he doesn’t want to go into that fixture needing a win.

“It is getting difficult,” said Makhubedu. “We are being sucked down and are only two points clear of number 14. It’s getting tough… we are in trouble and it’s not good.

"We have to go again and we must win at the weekend. We have to kill it off against Celtic. SuperSport is our last game and they have good players, and can come good at any time.”

The Baroka coach added that the absence of striker Gift Motupa affected the team against Ajax.

“He failed a late fitness test for the Ajax game, but he should be okay for the weekend game against Celtic. Gift has done well for us, he is a forceful player and quick, and we really missed him. But I’m sure he will come back strong for us in the last two games.”

IOL Sport

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