Following their record 9th straight defeat in all competitions since their promotion to the Absa Premiership in 2013, Polokwane City outgoing interim coach Bernard Molekwa admits that the recent slump by the club is totally unacceptable.
Rise and Shine finished 5th in the 2018/19 season, their highest league finish and were one of the toughest team to beat.
But the changes in the coaching personal seem to have taken a wrong turn for City who have now lost 9 league games, 1 more than the 8 the whole of last season.
The 19 goals conceded is also the 3rd worse defensive record this season and Molekwa admits the only way to get out of the current mess is to start winning games.
“It is unacceptable and it is a concern not only for the management but even for us as the technical team and the players but it’s something that we can not give up now and say we have lost so many games and think we cannot turn the corner,” says Molekwa.
“When you play good football you normally don’t win, and you feel like is not on your side but the only time to change the situation is by starting to win games working very hard to change that situation” he said.
Molekwa adds that missing some of their key players such as George Chigova, Salulani Phiri, Walter Musona, Cyril Chibwe, Jabulani Maluleke, Ayanda Nkili, Puleng Tlolane and Sibusiso Mbonani due to injuries in some of their matches played a key role in the situation they find themselves in.
“Yeah honestly speaking this season we are very unlucky with injuries and they came at the wrong time whereby we needed everyone and because it’s a situation we couldn’t control so we were forced to keep changing the team and it is something that yes we accept that it’s part of football, but we will work hard and we hope we will be able to turn the corner with the players we have”
Captain Jabulani Maluleke was taken off in the 68th minute of their 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United on Sunday with what looked like a hamstring injury and the extent of the injury is expected to be examined this week.
Polokwane City Next 5 League games:
v Mamelodi Sundowns (Away)
v Chippa United (Home)
v Orlando Pirates (Home)
v Baroka (Away)
v Golden Arrows (Home)
By Ofhani Munyai