Bak­gaga to work as a unit

Prov­ince waits in an­tic­i­pa­tion for its first-ever tro­phy

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Vuyokazi Nkan­jeni

Baroka are on the verge of mak­ing his­tory by win­ning their first-ever piece of sil­ver­ware in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal to­mor­row.

But the Lim­popo side face a size­able hur­dle in get­ting past Soweto gi­ants Or­lando Pi­rates when the sides do bat­tle in the at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium (6pm). Baroka, who go into the game as un­der­dogs, say they have pre­pared well for the on-song Pi­rates, who no doubt will be on the at­tack come to­mor­row. So what do Bak­gaga have up their sleeve? “We have to work as a unit and if we are go­ing to start seg­re­gat­ing sec­tions [of our play] we are not go­ing to stop what­ever has been said about Pi­rates,” said Baroka’s as­sis­tant coach Bushy Moloi. “We are able to do that (beat Pi­rates) when we are united like we have been. We are able to dis­play our abil­i­ties and tal­ent be­cause we are a solid team.

“This is the first time we are play­ing in the fi­nal, so it is also our learn­ing curv­ing mov­ing for­ward be­cause if we win on Satur­day we go into Africa.

“That ac­tu­ally mo­ti­vates us a lot to do more for the coun­try. We will be able to stop Pi­rates with all their cylin­ders if we work as a unit,” he said.

Baroka have not con­ceded a goal in all three of their TKO games and hav­ing a solid de­fence should bring some com­fort to the young Baroka team.

Moloi said a win on Satur­day will be a big bonus, not only for the club, but also for the Lim­popo prov­ince.

“We have been try­ing a lot of com­bi­na­tions and in the process we have been hurt and cur­rently we are mov­ing to­wards the right di­rec­tion while learn­ing.

“It will be a bonus for our play­ers and a very good one for our prov­ince Lim­popo.

“Those who are scat­tered around from Gaut­eng, PE and staff, it will be an ex­cit­ing thing for them to have a team that has done so well up un­til to­day and also win­ning the cup.

“For me and the team it will be a won­der­ful step and thanks for the op­por­tu­nity that Telkom has given to all the teams to dis­play their tal­ent and also to pro­mote foot­ball in SA,” he said.

/RICHARD HUGGARD / GALLO

Bushy Moloi, Baroka as­sis­tant coach, says play­ing in the fi­nal will be a learn­ing curve for them.

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