Baroka fans buoy­ant as fi­nal looms

‘We have never been so proud’

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Mashudu Sadike

There is a cel­e­bra­tory at­mos­phere at the home of Baroka in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a win over Or­lando Pi­rates in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal to­mor­row, at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port Elizabeth.

Bak­gaga, who are based in Seleteng, GaMphahlele, Lim­popo, have im­pressed diehard fans, who in their droves, braved the rainy weather to cheer for their team on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The club has made his­tory in reach­ing their first fi­nal in any com­pe­ti­tion in their foot­balling his­tory.

Te­bogo Se­menya, a die-hard fan of Baroka, side since 2007, couldn’t hide his ex­cite­ment over his team’s re­cent achieve­ment.

“Win or lose at the fi­nal, we are with our boys. We have never been so proud of them, they have al­ready put us on the map,” Se­menya said, as he laid out the mood of his fel­low fans.

An­other fan, Jo­hannes Masipa, ex­pressed his ju­bi­la­tion of the fact that Bak­gaga will be play­ing against what used to be his for­mer favourite team be­fore Baroka were pro­moted to the top flight.

“I used to sup­port Or­lando Pi­rates be­fore we had a team here in Seleteng. I’m happy to say I left them for these boys and that will be jus­ti­fied on Satur­day,” Masipa said.

The team’s cap­tain Mdu Mdantsane, was so emo­tional dur­ing their last day of train­ing, see­ing their sup­port­ers off to Port Elizabeth .

“This is in­cred­i­ble. I’ve never in my foot­ball life seen some­thing like this. We will make sure we go out there and sur­prise the naysay­ers,” Mdantsane said.

Baroka’s head coach Wed­son Nyirenda has been adamant through­out the week ahead of the en­counter that his charges, hav­ing knocked out Mamelodi Sun­downs and the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits, will go for a win.

“We are no longer gi­ant killers, but are gi­ants our­selves,” the for­mer Zam­bia in­ter­na­tional said. – Muku­rukuru Me­dia

Win or lose at the fi­nal to­mor­row, we are with our boys

/SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

Mduduzi Mdantsane of Baroka and his team­mates, come to­mor­row, will know that their fans are all be­hind them, win or lose to Pi­rates.

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