Baroka, Highlands in relegation six pointer

Tapuwa Kapini © Backpagepix
Highlands Park will be banking on their previous win when they visit Baroka FC in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

The Lions of the North are motivated following their hard fought 1-0 win over Chippa United at Makhulong Stadium last Friday.

However, heading to the Northern Province presents a tough challenge as they meet another outfit facing relegation.

Coach Thierry Mabobo is the man tasked with turning the club's fortunes around and a win could save their Absa Premiership lives.

Highlands are sitting at number 14 with 25 points from 28 matches, only one point above the relegation zone.

The Lions of the North managed to collect a win in the opening fixture at home and will now be in high spirits to make it a double over Baroka.

"We are motivated after the Chippa United win at home last week and we are going to Baroka with the aim of winning, but it will not be an easy task," said goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.

"The mood is high in camp and we are focusing on the remaining last two games, which will not be easy as I said.

"We have to collect points now and this game against Baroka is one of the most important games for the team, the club and supporters.

"We know Baroka are also fighting to get points, but we hope our plan will work for us on the day."

Looking at Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele, Baroka are a wounded side as they are slowly seeing their days in the elite division coming to an end.

However, winning their last two matches could open possibilities for a playoff spot, provided the other relegation-threatened sides drop points.

Coach Milton Dlamini and Kgoloko Thobejane must devise a plan to ensure they down their visitors, especially in front of their home crowd.

On the log table, the Limpopo side remain rooted at the bottom of the log table with only 24 points and are under pressure to win.

Baroka's most recent league match saw them suffer a 3-2 loss against Golden Arrows which has severely dented their survival hopes, but they will go all out for a win against Highlands.

"We’ve been conceding so many goals and that needs to change if we are to survive the chop by the end of this season," said defender Olaleng Shaku.

"It’s not going to be easy though against Highlands who are also fighting for points to survive.

"It’s going to be a fight, but we’ll have to make sure that we fight to come out with a win.

"I’m pretty confident that we will.”