Bernard Molekwa rues Polokwane City's draw with Bidvest Wits, concedes relegation fears
Posted: 23 April 2018 Time: 12:30
Polokwane City coach Bernard Molekwa has rued his side’s draw with Bidvest Wits over the weekend, and conceded that surviving relegation is still a concern.
Rise and Shine were made to regret their missed chances as a lapse of concentration in stoppage time saw them succumb to a 1-1 draw with the outgoing Absa Premiership champions at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
While all eyes were fixed on the Nedbank Cup semi-final action on the East Coast of the country, the Clever Boys played their final catch-up league fixture following the conclusion of their CAF Confederation Cup campaign last week.
Having netted what looked to have been the winning goal just five minutes into the second half, the Limpopo-based outfit let slip of two crucial points that could have done wonders for their relegation survival or even top-eight ambitions.
“I’m not happy with the point that we got, irrespective of how long it’s been since we got points here. The performance was okay,” an irate Molekwa conceded after the match.
City were on course for their first win over Wits in their last seven attempts, having failed to get the better of the Braamfontein outfit since October 2014.
“With the chances we created, we could have scored more than one goal but we didn’t take them. The way we also conceded makes me disappointed with just one point,” the coach continued.
“Even though we’re away from home, I still feel that we were supposed to get three points.”
The result leaves both sides – though more so City than Wits – still at risk of finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which is currently occupied by Ajax Cape Town.
Molekwa admitted that his side still have plenty to do in their remaining three fixtures against Cape Town City, Free State Stars and Chippa United.
“We’re not safe. Remember, if we had three points it was going to take us to number nine. This was two points lost, and being number nine with 33 points was going to be better for us. Now we’re going into our game on Wednesday, still under pressure,” said Molekwa.
“We’re not yet safe, we still have to fight harder than we have been. But if we had three points it was going to ease pressure going to the next game.
“Anyway… It’s football; it happens. We just have to keep going.”