Bucs need to be wary of Baroka

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

Or­lando Pi­rates have a great chance to prop up their fine form in 2018 with some sil­ver­ware to­day, as they take on Baroka FC in the fi­nal of the Telkom Knock­out at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium. The Buc­ca­neers have not won a ma­jor tro­phy since 2014, when they lifted the Ned­bank Cup, and while there has been a vast im­prove­ment since Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic took over, Pi­rates now need to back that up with a tro­phy. Sre­do­je­vic’s team may well not find it easy, how­ever, against cup gi­ant-killers Baroka, who are cov­et­ing a first ma­jor top flight tro­phy in their short his­tory.

Baroka burst onto the scene with their per­for­mances in the Ned­bank Cup, where they fa­mously took down Moroka Swal­lows and Kaizer Chiefs as a Vo­da­com League side in 2011.

Now firmly en­trenched in the Absa Premier­ship, Baroka have al­ready ended the Telkom Knock­out dreams this sea­son of Mamelodi Sun­downs and Bid­vest Wits. Zam­bian Wed­son Nyirenda looks an as­tute choice as head coach, and Bak­gaga are on a good run of form, win­ning their last three games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Then again, Pi­rates are on a bet­ter roll, un­beaten in 15 games in all com­pe­ti­tions, and on top of that, the Buc­ca­neers have never lost to Baroka. Most signs point to a Buc­ca­neers win, but they must be wary of Baroka’s bite.

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