Baroka FC coach Dylan Kerr has expressed confidence to become a Nedbank Cup champion - while he keeps his team inspired at the training grounds during the current league suspension.
The South African PSL remains suspended until Saturday 4 April 2020 due to the 116 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. Kerr’s team meanwhile keep putting in the hard work at training with relegation survival the main ambition.
Kerr arrived at the club in January with the job to rescue the club from dropping to the lower Glad Africa Championship, the British coach has so far lifted Bakgaga from 16th spot to position 13 with six more games to go.
“We are carrying on as normal‚” Kerr told TimesLIVE.
“I’m doing sessions that the players enjoy and trying to keep it competitive throughout ...”
“I go on what I know worked for me. I don’t want to over-complicate things but every week I’m introducing something new into training.
“The players loved the five-a-side tournament. The chirping among themselves was intense and it got the right juices flowing.
“The winning team gets large can of Coke. We are playing for something‚ having fun and staying competitive.
In addition to the fierce fight for survival, Baroka has surprised with a bright Nedbank Cup run where the club will face Bloemfontein Celtic in the final four.
“The cup must be seen as a bonus but we are glad to be in the semifinal and glad to be up against Celtic at home although we know it will be tough‚” added the Englishman.
The 53-year-old coach added a huge confident call that his team will win the tournament if they do the job against Siwelele - meaning a historic second trophy after former coach Wedson Nyirenda lifted the Telkom Knockout in 2017.
“But I’ve told the guys that if we win the semifinal I know we are going to go on and win the final. I believe if we get to the final‚ we’ll win it.
“The way we have been playing over the last weekends‚ there is a lot of confidence in the squad and a lot of belief. We’ve also cut out a lot of the mistakes that had been costing us.”
“Nobody gave them a chance against Orlando Pirates in that final and they won. We still have some players left from that team and others who haven’t played in a final before.
“I’ve told them they can go out here and write their own history.
“But I think it’s right what the league and the government have done shutting things down‚” Kerr concluded.