Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt has blasted his players for their lackluster performance against Bush Bucks at the Rand Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Of major concern to the Dube Birds mentor is the fact that yesterday's under-par display by the team could cost them a place in next season's lucrative African Champion's League.
A win on Saturday would have boosted the side to second on the league table, but with Kaizer Chiefs having player three games less than Swallows, the chances of finishing in the runner's up spot, which is the ticket to Africa, are now very slender.
Hunt held back no punches when summing up his team's performance after the match against Imbabala, bringing into question the commitment shown by his charges.
"We were woeful,' said Hunt. "To lose like this was a disgrace, I don't think the sometimes players realise the importance of qualifying for Africa, it seems that like sometimes they just show up to play the game.
"We didn't look good in the week during training, but I was hopeful that we would come right on Saturday. But today I had players hiding out there, which is a big problem for me."
In as much as the Birds delivered a below-standard display, Bush Bucks played out of their skins, and their passion and joy was there for all to see after Edmore Mashiri clinched a last gasp winner.
Hunt duly gave credit to Imbabala coach Professor Ngubane and his men, who became the first team to beat Swallows at the Rand stadium in 22 months.
"Bucks were the better team on the day. They wanted it more and their approach play and work off the ball was good. I'm taking nothing away from them, they deserved their victory. In fact, they could have scored four or five, if Sibusiso Mazibuko had scored just before half-time, while they also had what looked like a legitimate goal disallowed."