Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has thrown his support behind under-pressure coach Kgoloko Thobejane despite a run of poor results.
The run includes three defeats and four draws in the Premiership and stretches from Baroka’s last win at the end of September, over Kaizer Chiefs.
Last week they lost 4-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns and 3-0 to Maritzburg United in three days to drop from the top of the standings to sixth with 19 points from 14 matches.
Baroka have one match remaining, against SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, before the festive season break.
"Kgoloko [Thobejane] is not going anywhere‚ we don’t want to create unnecessary panic because of a few bad losses‚" Mphahlele said.
"We have only lost three matches this season and we are three points away from Mamelodi Sundowns‚ who are top of the log," he said.
"We are equal on points with Kaizer Chiefs‚ Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United‚ who are above us. Orlando Pirates‚ who are second‚ have one point more than us and I want our fans not to panic but continue supporting the team."
If Baroka lose to SuperSport‚ and those around them on the log in the form of Chiefs‚ Celtic‚ Chippa United and Cape Town City get something out of their matches this week‚ Thobejane and his men will drop further down the standings.
Mphahlele said it was important for Baroka to get maximum points against SuperSport to end the year on a high and set the tone for the second round‚ when they resume with a clash against Pirates at Orlando Stadium on January 6.
"If you look … at our team‚ the boys have been playing well but our biggest problem has been finishing off the chances we create‚" Mphahlele said.
After the loss to Maritzburg on Friday‚ Thobejane lamented his side’s poor finishing.
"Sundowns hammered us and Maritzburg hammered us but I did not think that we played that badly. In the first half against Maritzburg‚ we had more than 10 chances and we should have scored at least one‚" Thobejane said.