Yuval Naim 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Betar Jerusalem coach Yuval Naim admitted that his team will be relegated from
the Premier League if it doesn’t significantly improve its play soon following
Sunday’s 3-0 humbling at the hands of fellow-struggler Hapoel Haifa at Kiryat
Betar failed to claim all three points for an eighth
consecutive match, looking completely helpless against a Haifa side which
climbed out of the relegation zone at Jerusalem’s expense with another dogged
performance under Tal Banin’s guidance.
Gal Arel gave the hosts the lead
with an easy finish in the 13th minute and Betar’s flimsy defense was beaten
once more in the 75th, with Yuval Avidor clinching the win before Hisham Kiwan
piled the misery on Betar with the goal of the night in stoppage time, releasing
an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.
“We played a very poor
match,” said Naim, whose team is tied on 17 points with Hapoel Haifa, but trails
Banin’s men due its inferior goal difference.
“The way we played tonight
we don’t deserve to stay in the league. We need to make a big change and if we
do that we will stay up. But if we don’t, this sort of performance will not be
enough to keep us in the top-flight.
“We played disgracefully and should
I believe I can’t improve matters any more I will leave.”
was a somber day at Maccabi Haifa’s training complex in Kfar Galim on Sunday
following the embarrassing 4-2 defeat at Hapoel Rishon Lezion the previous
Haifa players were supposed to have the day off, but coach Elisha
Levy decided to schedule an impromptu training session after seeing his team
drop a twogoal lead and lose to a side which hadn’t won a league match since
August, going winless in 16 consecutive games.
There was much speculation
Levy would decide to quit following his team’s fourth defeat in six matches, but
he looks set to remain at the helm for the time being, although that could
change by the time the reigning-champion hosts Bnei Sakhnin next
“Everyone should take a look at themselves, I know I have
personally done so,” Levy told the players. “I know this is a difficult
situation, but we need to lift ourselves and pull out of this slump as a
On Monday, Ironi Kiryat Shmona can take a significant step towards
an historic championship when it visits Ashdod SC.
Kiryat Shmona has won
seven straight matches to open a six-point gap at the top of the standings over
Hapoel Tel Aviv and Ashdod, which has triumphed in eight of nine home matches