SuperSport United CEO Stanley Matthews has stressed the importance of victory on Saturday afternoon as Matsatsantsa look to avoid the dreaded relegation play-offs.
The Tshwane-based outfit are set to face off against Baroka FC in a game that could potentially have severe ramifications on the losing side. SuperSport are currently in 14th place on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table, two points clear of 15th place Ajax Cape Town, while Baroka are just a point ahead of Saturday's opponents.
Nonetheless, with SuperSport hosting Bakgaga and Ajax taking on Chiefs in their final game of the season, SuperSport will be confident as well as determined to get the three points and guarantee their place in the South African top flight for next season.
“There is no doubt that this is the biggest game of our lives and there can be no second chances. We simply have to win at all costs,” Matthews told SowetanLive.
Despite winning the MTN 8 this season and reaching their maiden continental final, SuperSport have been on a downward spiral ever since that Caf Confederation Cup final defeat to Congolese powerhouses TP Mazembe.
This eventually led to the resignation of head coach Eric Tinkler, less than 12 months after taking over the job, and Matthews admits this is the worst position the club has ever found themselves in under his leadership.
"I have been in this game for 18 years and this is the most dire situation I have been confronted with at this club,” Matthews admitted.
But there is an air of optimism surrounding the SuperSport camp, as the club have not lost in their last four league encounters.
“Over the last few matches‚ the boys have fought very hard for this club and I am hopeful that they will be up for the fight at the weekend‚" he reflected.
"We have it in us to grind out results and all the players understand that this is a dire situation that we must get out of,” he concluded.