Baroka head coach Dylan Kerr insists he has never encouraged time-wasting by any of his players since he took over at the club.
Kerr was responding to the criticism levelled at goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for what looked like time wasting during Baroka’s 1-0 win on Sunday.
During a post-match interview on SuperSport TV, Mosimane said: “I thought (Elvis) Chipezeze was a Master of sitting, of killing the game but this one, I don’t know his name. But I think Baroka they breed them hey, they breed these ones.”
But Kerr has come to the defence of the 28-year-old second choice keeper.
“None of my goalkeepers since I arrived have ever time wasted or have ever done anything of that sort because I don’t condone that,” Kerr told FARPost
“I don’t like it and I used to hate it when I saw Elvis Chipezeze doing it last year whenever I was watching Baroka.”
“Ayanda (Dlamini) was struggling with a groin injury all week and he barely trained. Due to Chipezeze being suspended we had an 18-year-old on the bench, who had never played in the PSL or MDC.
“A lot of teams, even Mamelodi Sundowns themselves have went through that same situation. So Ayanda’s (falling down) was genuine because of his injury that he picked up during the week and I explained that to Pitso (Mosimane) and he accepted that explanation, so people are making a mountain out of a molehill,” explained Kerr.
On the incident of Baroka bench players ‘disrespecting’ Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha, Kerr tells this publication that he has laid down the law to the players to never repeat the conduct.
“On the part of players and the disrespect they showed Mamelodi Sundowns, they are young players, they have to learn and the have to show respect to the fellow professionals. I think the boys celebrations was to be expected, you are beating Mamelodi Sundowns, the reigning League Champions who have a better and bigger squad.
“We learn from it and I went to the dressing room and laid down the law to them and have explained that no one in my squad will ever repeat that. Nobody at Baroka will ever show disrespect to anybody. We knew how important that game was, but the emotions sometimes get the better of you as you saw in my TV interview.”
Baroka face SuperSport United on Wednesday night. They currently occupy 13th position with two matches remaining.
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By Ofhani Munyai