Baroka coach Dylan Kerr has come to the defence of his defender Ananias Gebhardt following his red card during the 3-0 defeat by Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
The Namibian International was given his marching orders by referee Victor Hlongwane following a malicious tackle on Lucky Baloyi, 30 minutes into their Nedbank Cup semifinal clash against Celtic.
The sending-off resulted in Bakgaga struggling against an extra player from Siwelele and conceded three goals afterwards.
“The sending off was difficult for us because it gave Bloemfontein Celtic the upper hand but I have been working with Junior (Ananias Gebhardt) since I arrived at the club and he is the outmost professional,” Kerr told FARPost.
“He is one of the truest professionals that I have worked with, but he was late and was deserving the Red card but from my point of view it happens in football but it happened at the wrong time because it was a cup semi-final before the sending off we were in no danger and we were just slowly getting into our way of playing.
“I can’t fault the attitude but it was a mistimed challenge. It wasn’t reckless, it was not dangerous but it was a red card, it can happen to anyone in football. He is hurt, he is angry at costing us the chance to progress, but you dint get too many players with that kind of attitude and his professionalism it at the top level,” he said.
Baroka will now shift focus on saving their Absa Premiership status. The difficult task will start with an encounter against fellow relegation candidates AmaZulu on Saturday.
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By Ofhani Munyai