Baroka, Chiefs to lock horns in quarter final match
BAROKA FC are yet to lose a match since Macdonald Makhubedu took over as interim coach and the new mentor hopes to uphold the club’s tradition of eliminating top dogs Kaizer Chiefs from cup competitions.
The two sides are set to lock horns in a crunch Nedbank Cup quarterfinal match and Makhubedu has his eye on a semi-final berth at Chiefs’ expense.
Bakgaga have twice reached the tournament’s semi-finals and now are setting the target to win the competition after eliminating ABC Motsepe side Steenberg United by 2-0 for a last eight spot in this seasons instalment. They have now been featured away with The Phefeni Glamour boys.
The 35-year-old former Jomo Cosmos and Arconbush United assistant coach believes they have the support structure they need from management to beat Chiefs and win The Ke Yona Cup.
“Ja, we can win the cup. We will try our best, at Baroka we always try our best. As long as we instill discipline all round. Our next Nedbank match is with Chiefs but we won’t respect them. They are a part of the competition like everybody else. Every team that has made it to the last eight is a good team,” said Makhubedu.
“We have to move on from all the negativity that surrounded the club. The spirit is on top after last weekend. Remember we have many experienced players who have played in the PSL for a while now like Mathari Mothupa and Letladi Madubanya, who has taken over the armband,” he said.
Long serving captain Olaleng Shaku was axed from the club together with goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke and coach Kgoloko Thobejane after they allegedly went on a boozing spree on the team bus while returning from a league match in Free State.
Club chairman Khurishi Mphahlele echoes the stance of the young mentor and applies more pressure to bring the cup to Limpopo.
“Our target is to be the last team standing, it has been our target since 2011 and we are going to achieve it,” he said.
Mphahlele also says he has seen improvement in the team since Makhubedu took charge and has been impressed with new captain Madubanya.
“These players are very good and the coach understands them. You can see the way we beat Cape Town City and you can see the way they are playing. You can see a big improvement with the boys.
“Our new captain Letladi brought a lot of experience.
“He can control the last line of defence and that’s why we are not conceding silly goals,” the chairman says.
On how the firing of Thobejane has affected the club, Makhubedu said players understood they had to carry on with the business of winning games for the club.
“The mood in the camp is good. The boys are in form and we are just taking it one game at a time and looking forward to the next one. We also are targeting a top eight finish in the ABSA Premiership,” he said.
Meanwhile, there is only one National First Division side remaining in the competition as Ubuntu Cape Town defeated Amazulu. They will now travel to Free State Stars in the last eight.
Cape Town City have already eliminated Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates and will now take on Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Premier Soccer League also confirmed that the final will take place at the Cape Town stadium on 19 May 2018. - Mukurukuru Media.
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