Baroka star: Any­thing is pos­si­ble in fi­nal

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BAROKA FC are con­fi­dent of stun­ning Or­lando Pi­rates when they meet to­mor­row in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium.

The two team will lock horns in what prom­ises to be a pul­sat­ing en­counter of foot­ball.

Baroka’s drib­bling wiz­ard, Ta­lent Chawapiwa, be­lieves that beat­ing two gi­ants on their way to the fi­nal has equipped them to de­feat Pi­rates.

“We are ready. We’ve been in tough bat­tles in this com­pe­ti­tion. We are men­tally strong. If we can beat Sun­downs who are the former Caf Cham­pi­ons League cham­pi­ons and Wits who were the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons of this Cup, then any­thing is pos­si­ble. Those games have made us strong,” Chawapiwa ex­plained.

Baroka are still search­ing for their maiden tro­phy. They haven’t lifted a Cup in top-flight foot­ball as yet.

“Team work has been our se­cret weapon. We told our­selves to work to­gether. When we at­tack, we at­tack as a team. When we de­fend, we de­fend as a team. We give max­i­mum ef­fort. We are a united team. We al­ways tell our­selves that this is one 90 min­utes and let us go out there and give our best,” Chawapiwa said.

Pi­rates are on a roll these days. They haven’t tasted de­feat in the past 13 games.

“It is go­ing to be tough. Pi­rates are on form. They have qual­ity play­ers. They are un­beaten, but that doesn’t mean that they are not beat­able. Foot­ball is full of sur­prises. It is not go­ing to be a walk over for Pi­rates. They know we are com­ing at them,” Chawapiwa said.

Baroka play­ers will be go­ing out to do it for their coach, Wedson Nyirenda.

“We want to do it for our coach. He was con­fi­dent that we will reach the Cup fi­nal. He told us that he has al­ways reached fi­nals wher­ever he is. He told us not to spoil his record. It is his dream. We want to do it for him,” Chawapiwa elab­o­rated.

The Zim­bab­wean mid­field ace will play a key role for Baroka in to­mor­row’s game.

“In foot­ball there’s al­ways pres­sure. You have to find ways to han­dle pres­sure. I know that all eyes we will be on my­self. I al­ways back my abil­i­ties. I will give 100 per­cent for my team. I will do my best to de­liver for my team. I also want to win my first Cup in South Africa,” Chawapiwa said.

Baroka play­ers and the tech­ni­cal teams will pocket R2mil­lion if they beat Pi­rates.

“It is a huge mo­ti­va­tion for us. We have to feed our fam­i­lies and we have to cloth our­selves. It’s al­ways a mo­ti­va­tion to go there know­ing very well that you will get re­warded if you do well. We are un­der­dogs. Every­one is writ­ing us off, but we will do our best to win this cup,” Chawapiwa ex­plained.


TA­LENT CHAWAPIWA will play a key role for Baroka in to­mor­row’s Telkom Knock­out fi­nal against Pi­rates. | Back­pagePix

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