With just five matches remaining in the GladAfrica Championship, Bizana Pondo Chiefs find themselves at the bottom of the log.
Coach Clinton Larsen has told FARPost that he is hoping his players display the fighting spirit they showed in their 1-1 draw against Free State Stars at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.
Larsen believes injuries to some of his players will not cause any major disruptions to their team though he looks to bring in some fringe players.
“It’s probably also about trying to freshen up the team, you know we’ve had the regular team in terms of 11 and 13 players that we’ve been selecting.
“It’s time to look at keeping it fresh now, we’ve picked up a few injuries but I still believe the depth is there, with the signings we’ve made and the versatility some of the players bring, I still think we are covered in all positions,” said Larsen.
The former Chippa United mentor is familiar with fighting relegation, having been in the same situation with the Chilli Boys. He revealed that his players removed the foot off the paddle a bit after their Cape Town journey.
“I am very disappointed with the performance and results you know, especially after coming from Cape Town, giving two very good performances and picking up four points.
“Regarding the Free State Stars game I think the boys did the club proud because of the performance they gave, we deserved more out of the game but unfortunately it was not to be.
“We got a point from a very strong team, so basically we have to look at the last five games and try to win them, its not going to be easy but when you perform like this and we fight the way we do, it gives us a lot of confidence and hope moving forward,” added Larsen.
Pondo Chiefs’ five remaining matches are against Jomo Cosmos, Cape Town All Stars, Polokwane City, Pretoria Callies and Uthongathi.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter