David up against Go­liath

AS­SIS­TANT COACH: WE AIM TO DO THIS FOR THE CHAIR­MAN AND THE PEO­PLE

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - Tshepo Nt­soe­len­goe

Pi­rates, how­ever are bang in form ahead of big fi­nal.

To­day’s Telkom Knock­out fi­nal clash be­tween Baroka FC and Or­lando Pi­rates at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium will be very spe­cial to who­ever wins.

For the Lim­popo-based out­fit, reach­ing the fi­nal alone is a step in the right di­rec­tion for a team that was only formed 13-years ago. Since their ar­rival in the PSL, Bak­gaga have been ex­cit­ing to watch de­spite fac­ing some ob­sta­cles and reach­ing the fi­nal in top-flight foot­ball for the first time will be some­thing that will for­ever live in the club’s folk­lore.

The Soweto gi­ants, mean­while, have gone through a slump in the past few years – last win­ning a tro­phy back in 2014.

The Buc­ca­neers, how­ever, have made a huge im­prove­ment in the last two sea­sons and they should be con­fi­dent of lift­ing a tro­phy which they have only won once – back in 2011.

Pi­rates head into this fi­nal on the back of seal­ing their spot in the next round of the Caf Cham­pi­ons League af­ter beat­ing LightS­tars 3-1 in the re­turn leg in Sey­chelles to ad­vance to the next stage on an 8-2 ag­gre­gate fol­low­ing their 5-1 vic­tory in the first leg.

In their last three games, Bucs have scored eight goals, but Baroka as­sis­tant coach Bushy Moloi is adamant his play­ers will be able to stop Bucs from finding the back of the net if they play as a unit.

“We have to work as a unit. We will only be able to stop them if we con­tinue to play as a unit like we have been do­ing all along. We will also be able to dis­play our tal­ent and abil­i­ties be­cause we are a solid team,” said Moloi.

“The chair­man would be so ex­cited if we won the tro­phy and so will all the peo­ple from Lim­popo. So we aim to do this for the chair­man and the peo­ple.”

Pi­rates coach Mi­cho Sre­do­je­vic is likely to re­sort to his reg­u­lar play­ers, hav­ing rested them in their pre­vi­ous game. But he will cer­tainly be look­ing for con­sis­tency in per­for­mance and a pos­i­tive re­sult as they aim to end the year on a high.

“I be­lieve that in the times ahead of us we shall get bet­ter. We are ex­pect­ing five matches prior to the Christ­mas break and we are look­ing to end 2018 in the best pos­si­ble way,” said the Bucs coach.

Bucs will be hop­ing in-form winger Them­binkosi Lorch con­tin­ues his golden form in the TKO to help clinch the Cup. The winger is the com­pe­ti­tion’s top scorer with three goals, while Baroka will be look­ing on Tal­ent Chawapiwa to in­spire the team to glory with his bril­liance.

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