Baroka in it for Lim­popo

The prov­ince badly needs a win­ner

Sunday World - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Baroka are ea­ger to put Lim­popo on the map with a suc­cess­ful run in the Telkom Knock­out.

Bak­gaga are set to take on the de­fend­ing TKO cham­pi­ons Bid­vest Wits at the Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium this af­ter­noon, at 3pm.

Dy­namos were the last Lim­popo club to win a cup com­pe­ti­tion in 1991 when they clinched the John Player Spe­cial Knock­out Cup.

Since then it has been noth­ing but near-misses for clubs from the north­ern-most prov­ince. Black Leop­ards were the last to reach a fi­nal in 2011, but they lost to Or­lando Pi­rates in the Ned­bank Cup.

Their coach, Wed­son Nyirenda, knows very well what it would mean for the Polok­wane-based out­fit to reach the R4m cup fi­nal.

“I know it would mean a lot to the peo­ple of Lim­popo for us to make it all the way in this cup com­pe­ti­tion,” Nyirenda said.

“We know that we have their sup­port and it would mean a lot for us to achieve some­thing great like this.”

The na­ture of cup games re­quires teams to be pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity, in­clud­ing the prospect of a penalty shootout.

Baroka’s first choice goal­keeper, Elvis Chipezeze, wants to lead his team to a maiden cup fi­nal. “I am told that this is the first time in the his­tory of the club that we will be playing in a semi­fi­nal,” he said.

“So we are ex­cited about playing at this stage. It’s a good feel­ing in the squad at the mo­ment but we are not think­ing about the fi­nal yet. We first have to get over this hur­dle of the semis first.”

Mean­while, Wits coach Gavin Hunt is wary that his op­po­nents may be hun­grier in the cup clash.

“The team we are playing against is not go­ing to win the league so the cup is their chance to win a tro­phy,” Hunt said.

/ Philip Maeta/Gallo Im­ages

Baroka FC goal­keeper Elvis Chipezeze says his team is ex­cited about their first semi-fi­nal en­counter.

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