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'Sleepy' Baroka move closer to safety

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Wedson Nyirenda (Gallo Images)
Wedson Nyirenda (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - A tongue-lashing from Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda had the desired effect as they beat AmaZulu 1-0 on Sunday to boost hopes of avoiding demotion from the Absa Premiership. 

"We were asleep in the first half and not behaving like a team desperate for maximum points," said the former Zambia star and coach.

"Some harsh words were said in the change room at half-time and the second half performance was much more purposeful."

Tshediso Patjie second the crucial goal in Polokwane after 84 minutes by evading onrushing goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha and pushing an angled shot into the net.

Baroka are four points above the danger zone with two matches remaining and host bottom club Maritzburg United in their final fixture on May 11.

Meanwhile, Free State Stars stayed just two points above second-from-bottom Chippa United after losing 2-1 away to mid-table Golden Arrows in Durban.

All the goals came from first half set-pieces, with Zimbabwean Knox Mutizwa scoring a penalty and a free-kick for Arrows before Sibusiso Hlubi netted direct from a free-kick.

Free State have had a disappointing campaign after finishing sixth in the league last season.

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Fixtures
Wed 15 Sep 21 18:00 PM (SAST)
Cape Town City FC
Marumo Gallants FC
Athlone Stadium, Cape Town
Sat 16 Oct 21 17:00 PM (SAST)
SuperSport Utd
Baroka FC
Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, GT
Sat 16 Oct 21 17:30 PM (SAST)
Kaizer Chiefs
Chippa United
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Results
Sun 03 Oct 21
Mamelodi Sundowns 3
Swallows 0
Sun 03 Oct 21
Golden Arrows 3
Marumo Gallants FC 1
Sun 03 Oct 21
Royal AM 2
Maritzburg United 1
Logs
Team
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W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
6
5
16
2. SuperSport Utd
6
3
12
3. Royal AM
6
4
12
4. Stellenbosch
6
3
12