Only United stands be­tween Baroka and R1.5 mil­lion

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Af­ter miss­ing out on the coach of the month award, Baroka FC’s Kgoloko Thobe­jane will be hop­ing to at least land the QIn­no­va­tion quar­ter one award. Stand­ing be­tween Baroka and their maiden ac­co­lade are Su­perS­port United, who are three games be­hind. Baroka lead the stand­ings af­ter eight games on 16 points. That could be enough to win them the award, which goes to a club with the most points af­ter ev­ery quar­ter. But they will have to wait a bit longer be­fore find­ing out if they will walk away with the R1.5 mil­lion prize.

Only United have a chance of sur­pass­ing Baroka’s points tally – if they win the three games they have in hand.

Af­ter hand­ing Golden Ar­rows their first de­feat of the sea­son on Tues­day night, with a 3-0 score, United are on 10 points af­ter five games and need to win at least two of their re­main­ing three.

But their involvement in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup means they will only com­plete their first-round games in De­cem­ber.

They will play a two-legged cup fi­nal against TP Mazembe af­ter the in­ter­na­tional week. The first leg is sched­uled for Novem­ber 18 in Lubum­bashi in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, and the sec­ond tie will hap­pen a week later at home.

This means their sched­uled league game against Polok­wane City on Novem­ber 25 will have to be post­poned.

They are poised to host Ajax Cape Town be­tween the two fi­nals on Novem­ber 22, but it is un­clear if this game will con­tinue as sched­uled.

PSL me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Lux­olo Septem­ber said: “We are wait­ing for Su­perS­port United to play the full quota of eight matches be­fore re­leas­ing the fi­nal log.”

Last month, Thobe­jane lost the coach of the month award to Golden Ar­rows’ men­tor Clin­ton Larsen, lead­ing to an out­cry that he was the most de­serv­ing coach.

But he might be re­warded for his side’s good run in the open­ing matches.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

CROSS­ING FIN­GERS Kgoloko Thobe­jane is on the verge of win­ning the Q-In­no­va­tion quar­ter one award

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