'Baroka not praying for favours'


Baroka FC captain Mduduzi Mdantsane says they plan to take matters into their own hands against Maritzburg United to avoid finding themselves having to rely on other teams.
The 12th-positioned Limpopo side are just two points above bottom-of-the-table Maritzburg, while the KwaZulu-Natal team have some belief in their camp after recent wins. 
In the first round of the Absa Premiership at Harry Gwala Stadium in December 2018, Baroka took all three points from the Team of Choice with a 1-0 win. The two relegation candidates will clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday at 15h00 in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.
"It's like it's a final tomorrow, whoever loses usejayivini [is in trouble]. We have to win, there is no other way, we must fight for three points," Mdantsane tells KickOff.com.
"We've got an advantage as we are playing at home. We are expecting a tough game. They are strong, coached by a coach like Eric Tinkler who never gives up, he is a hungry coach with hungry players who doesn't give up. 
"It won't be easy because these people they've got nothing to lose, already they are there and for them to defend I doubt it's on their mind, they will want to come strong. We have to just be calm and work hard. That's the only way we can overcome them. If we do get chances we must use them. We don't even want to think about a loss, we don't want to lose, we want to win our battle. 
"We don't want to find ourselves praying for other people to do us favours, which is not right. Football surprises a lot of people, you can think so and so will win, only for them to disappoint you. So we must win our battle and not rely on praying and holding our breath or asking ourselves 'hey what's happening on the other games?'.
"We worked more on our strengths, fixing mistakes here and there. We worked more on finishing. Maritzburg, if you relax they will punish you, if you don't work hard on the field they will punish you because there's lots of players there at Maritzburg who are always on the run, working hard for 90 minutes. 
"They don't have time to rest, they always come those people, they give you no chance. If we are going to relax, they will indeed punish us, and if we get chances and don't use them, they will use theirs."
A victory for Baroka will keep them in the Premiership for next season, while three points for Maritzburg could take them up to position 12 if other results go their way.