Head coach Serame Letsoaka says the Free State Stars squad are in the right frame of mind to retain their Premiership status on the final day of the season.
Ea Lla Koto have been firmly embroiled in the relegation scrap for the better part of the season, but have dealt well with the pressure to stay within touching distance of survival.
Now, as the final game of the domestic season arrives, Letsoaka have survival in their own hands – when they welcome fellow strugglers Chippa United to Goble Park this Saturday.
While Serame admits the goalless draw in the Free State derby was a slight disappointment, he feels they hold the edge against the Chilli Boys – who’ve been unexpectedly dragged into the fight for survival after a run of three months without a league win – before beating Supersport United last week.
“I am happy we managed to take a point in our last match against Celtic, although that was not what we went there for,” he said.
“This thing of relegation have been there for the past six or seven games, mentally we have been preparing ourselves for that and we are in a better condition.
“As for the club who are facing relegation for the first time it’s very tough to find yourselves in the situation to be able to deal with it immediately. I think in our case relegation has been there mentally we have been very strong in dealing with it,” he said in reference to the form of Dan Malesela’s outfit.
“Going into the last game playing at home that is a plus for us it’s really difficult to come out of Goble Park with three points and we’re certain that on the 27th of May after five o’clock, we’ll be safe from relegation,” the former Golden Arrows boss added.
“We’re not worried about relegation especially playing at home. Like I said, our boys have been dealing with this for a very long time they know that it’s something that exists.
“But this is the animal we are fighting and again in the last match we not going to stop fighting until we defeat this animal which is called relegation.”
With the domestic rivals level on points – it’s all to play for. A win would guarantee either side survival, while a draw could be enough to keep Highlands Park and Baroka in the relegation zone.