Western Province were whipped 5-0 by Ikapa Sporting at the weekend and sources close to the club are blaming the lack of transparency surrounding the deal and players’ uncertainty about their future.
“My son has said to me the guys don’t want to be there; not one of them actually wants to be part of the setup at the moment. They find it very unpleasant sharing training facilities with Ndlovu’s bunch. In fact, by Thursday they had not started working on a game plan for Saturday,” one parent told Kick Off after Sergio dos Santos’ determined side put five past their hometown rivals at Erica Park.
Thanks to a brace from Reagan Noble and goals from Kurt Lentjies, Shaun Potgieter and a Bradley August penalty, Sporting have now scored the same number of goals as Coastal Stream leaders Maritzburg United but are still five points adrift in third spot.
WPU assistant coach Moey Carolus confirms that the confusion surrounding the takeover is badly affecting his players.
“I’ve been with these guys for some time now, but their spirit is gone because of all the uncertainties. There is no doubt that this is affecting their play. It is very sad to see what is happening and it will take a lot to bring them around. My players are caught in the cross fire, and the more you try to re-assure them that they have their jersey, the more confused they get.”
Maritzburg United, who were relegated from the PSL last season, look to be a sound bet to qualify for the play-offs at the end of the season after traveling to Port Elizabeth at the weekend and holding their nearest rivals Bay United to a 1-1 draw a at New Brighton‘s Woolfsons Stadium on Saturday.
Godfrey Doboro, who came in for Omar Hendricks in the second half, opened the scoring for Maritzburg in the 81st minute.
But United came back strongly from a concentration lapse to eventually equalise in the 88th from a blistering shot by forward Linos Chalwe.
The highly contested match saw players shown four yellow cards and a red card for Maritzburg’s Peter Peterson for a foul on Johannes Segalo.
On Friday night at Blue Downs, FC Cape Town ended a poor run by picking up maximum points against fourth placed Nathi Lions. The score was 2-1.
In the inland stream, FC AK’s 1-0 win over last season’s play-off finalists University of Pretoria puts them firmly on top of the log after Dynamos lost 2-0 to Winners Park, thanks to a first-half brace by Mabena.
However, Mpumalanga Black Aces failed to make up ground after being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Witbank Spurs.
And with African Warriors netting twice without replay against Garankuwa at Charles Mopeli, this highly-competitive stream has four clubs on eight points, although FC AK are five points clear of them, with Dynamos in between on eleven points.
Fees Moloi and Mokoena were on target late in the game for Warriors.