Bizana Pondo Chiefs coach Clinton Larsen is still hopeful of survival in the GladAfrica Championship despite losing 1-0 to Jomo Cosmos on Saturday at Tsakane Stadium.
The defeat against Ezenkosi meant Larsen’s troops will rely on other teams’ results to survive.
The beleaguered Eastern Cape side have occupied the the 16th position on the log for the better part of the season and it was believed that Larsen’s arrival would change their fortunes.
With four matches to play now before the end of the season the Indomitable Lions of Skomplaz will need a miracle if they are to survive the dreaded drop to the ABC Motsepe League, after just one season in the professional ranks.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach is adamant his charges can put in a fight, though he believes some young players are under extreme pressure because of the position they find themselves in.
“We can’t fault the boys for the effort, I think the youngsters – the pressure of fighting this relegation battle – has somewhat got to them.
“We have spoken to them and hopefully it will ease their nerves now, moving to the last four games.
“Not the result we wanted against Jomo Cosmos, we just got to go to the Cape Town All Stars game on Wednesday and make sure we get maximum points,” said Larsen.
Pondo Chiefs currently have 20 points, seven points behind 15th placed Steenburg FC and they will need to win all their matches and hope Cape Town Spurs and Cape Town All Stars who have 29 points each, don’t win all their remaining matches.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter