SWALLOWS FC coach Dylan Kerr has a huge challenge to ensure his players win their remaining two DStv Premiership matches in a bid to avoid relegation.
The Birds host fellow relegation haunted Chippa United at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and will then wrap up their season next Saturday, with a date against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a derby at FNB Stadium.
Swallows are second bottom on the league table on 24 points – two ahead of basement side Baroka FC.
Neither side can afford any slip-ups tomorrow if they are to survive automatic relegation and fight for their PSL status via the relegation/promotion play-offs against GladAfrica Championship teams that finishes second and third respectively.
The low flying Birds players will be closer to starting life in the GladAfrica Championship if they lose to Chippa and Baroka beat SuperSport United at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium on the same day.
Kerr had to ensure his players are focused on the job at hand to avoid off the pitch distractions, as speculation was rife that they were not paid their salaries which Swallows boss David Mogashoa denied.
The Englishman, before being barred from continuing with the interview yesterday, told SunSport that his players don’t need any motivation as they know the importance of winning the two fixtures.
“There is no motivation needed,” quipped Kerr.
“They know they will suffer consequences if the club gets relegated. I am happy with the role I have played as a coach, and it’s up to the players now to execute what we did in training on match day.”
Kerr has all the experience needed to achieve his objective, as Swallows are the fourth team that he is helping to save from the jaws of relegation.
He helped Black Leopards, Baroka and Marumo Gallants, formerly known as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, to retain their PSL status.
His counterpart, Kurt Lentjies said three points in their last two matches will be enough to retain their top flight status. Chippa face TS Galaxy in their last game.
“Our task is to get three or one point out of this game. We will secure our status when we do that.”
Swallows will need to guard against Chippa’s counter attack, led by Cameroonian Bienvenu Eva Nga and hope their striker Ruzaigh Gamildien wear his scoring boots to ease their relegation troubles.