Khethokwakhe Masuku: Royal Eagles will beat Baroka FC in NFD
Posted: 29 April 2016 Time: 12:17
Royal Eagles attacker Khethokwakhe Masuku is confident his side will beat high-flying Baroka FC and give their PSL promotion hopes a real shot in the arm this weekend.
Eagles take on Baroka FC on Saturday in a massive NFD game, with the promotion race set to go down to the wire with just four or five games remaining.
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Masuku says the installation of Bheka Phakathi, Abram Nteo and John Tlali as interim coaches has brought a breath of fresh air to the team.
Since the trio was tasked to lead the ambitious Eagles until the end of the season to replace Khabo Zondo, the club has won two and drawn one in three matches.
The club also appointed former Black Leopards coach Kosta Papic as technical advisor in an effort to build a strong mentality in the squad in the run-in of the season.
On Saturday, Eagles have a hugely important match when they host Baroka FC at Harry Gwala Stadium and the dream of PSL promotion remains very much alive.
Masuku, who didn’t see much action under Zondo, feels the mood around the camp has improved a lot and it is why the results have improved as well.
“There has been too much change because to us and them the relationship has been very good,” Masuku tells KickOff.com.
“It is why we were able to be where we are today and football is rolling and it will be won by the team working hard on the day against Baroka.
“We can’t be judging [Baroka] on the game they played against Polokwane City [in Nedbank Cup quarter-finals] and we can’t be relying on our last performance against Santos, so it will be a thing of saying ‘the one who will need it most on the day is the one who will take it’ and that will be us.”
Baroka FC, who were top of the NFD log until last week when Highlands Park went above them, have a game in hand as they didn’t play at the weekend.
And Masuku, whose side are now third, two points behind Baroka FC, says everything is now in their hands to ensure they keep the pace with the chasing pack.
“I think this game is very crucial because we need to collect maximum points and we need to win all the remaining games in order for us to be promoted to the PSL,” he adds.
“Having said that, the feeling is mutual around the guys because our own goal is to go to the PSL so that we can be able to achieve much better things, much better offers.
“Even the guys around the camp … the team is focused including our chairman [Sbu Mpisane] and the technical team.”