Thobejane: No umbrella talk for Downs


Bakgaga enjoyed a decent run at the top of the Premiership table but a seven-match winless streak leaves them three points behind new leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who boast three games in hand.

Thobejane believes people are too quick to write off his charges.

He told "People can talk all they like. Let them talk no problem, but is the league over? The league is not finished, we are still competing, we are still contesting. People undermine other teams just because they have only two years in the premier league.

"If it was Sundowns who started on top they would have said it was gonna win the league. They wouldn't say it was an umbrella, and right now if they were in our situation people would be saying they will bounce back. But now because it's Baroka no one says we will bounce back, they say it's over."

However, Thobejane is considering ringing the changes after his side shipped seven unanswered goals in their last two matches.

Goalkeeper Virgil Vries could be at risk of losing his spot, although Thobejane pointed out he can't be sorely blamed for the 4-0 loss to Sundowns and 3-0 defeat by Maritzburg United.

"Ja of course, seven goals in two games? Eish! It's too much," Thobejane said ahead of their final game of the year against SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (15h30).

"Maybe when we go to practice we shall look to make changes. But sometimes... what I'm saying is I can't say we are going to make changes or not. It will depend on our training to see what can we do with the whole team. It's not only the keeper maybe who is doing that. We will be looking even at the outfield players where can we change. What is it that can we do to bring the spirit back. There are many things that we can look into.

"We don't want to find ourselves under the huge pressure of making changes now. We must first see because whatever happens in football it's football, it doesn't mean we are failing or we are not doing right. It's just that on particular days the opponent managed to convert their chances and we failed to convert ours.

"Sometimes it's about luck because we played Maritzburg and Sundowns and in two minutes... goal, penalty... then you see? If we scored first we would have also won this game. As for Maritzburg they were very lucky because each time they dispossess us they scored.

"But it's not like our defenders or players are not good or whatever. It happens in football. It's just that sometimes we don't see football with the same eye. We just don't want to see ourselves out of that chasing pack, we still there.

"This game of SuperSport is very, very, very important because if we win it we are still in that leading pack contesting for the championship."