Baroka FC coach Wedson Nyirenda says getting knocked out of the Nedbank Cup could be a blessing in disguise, as they target a top-five finish in the Absa Premiership.
Baroka were beaten 1-0 by National First Division side Jomo Cosmos in Polokwane on Tuesday night, bowing out of the competition that first introduced them to the South African public when they reached the semi-finals as a third-tier side in 2011.
“All we know is that the Nedbank Cup is gone. We just have to focus on the league now. Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise, you never know,” the former Zesco United coach said after the game.
“Now we should concentrate on the league,” he added.
Baroka, who are languishing in the lower end of the standings, will take on fellow strugglers Chippa United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday (15h30).
“I think the best is to look at our team problem. The team problem is holding on to the ball at the top, we are not holding the ball so much at the top. Our finishing was poor, mistakes at the back – those are the things we need to work on.
“We need to psych [up] the players. I told them that this [the league] is the only thing left. We have to push ourselves to number five, which we can.”