City eye re­venge against Baroka

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

IN-FORM Cape Town City con­front out-of-form Baroka FC at the Cape Town Sta­dium to­day (8.15pm kick­off).

Sev­enth-placed City are chas­ing a third straight Premier­ship vic­tory for the sec­ond time this sea­son while 14th placed Baroka have gone win­less in their last two out­ings and took a 4-2 beat­ing away to sec­ond-placed Or­lando Pi­rates on Tues­day night.

City were beaten 2-1 away by Baroka in the first round but have kicked on since that set­back to be­come one of the form teams, es­pe­cially in the last seven rounds dur­ing which they col­lected the most points (16) to win the Premier­ship’s sec­ond Quar­terly Q-In­no­va­tion award.

As for Polok­wane-based Baroka, the for­mer First Divi­sion cham­pi­ons have clocked up three wins and lost eight of 16 matches, leav­ing Bak­gaga a place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

City started 2019 with a 1-0 win over higher-placed Su­perS­port United in a game the los­ing side dom­i­nated for large chunks but have only them­selves to blame for not mak­ing the most of their chances, es­pe­cially in the first half.

City coach Benni McCarthy ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that his side did not de­serve to win.

But a win is a win and the Cit­i­zens can make a sig­nif­i­cant move up the ta­ble if they win their next three games, all to be played at home.

As for the threat posed by Baroka, McCarthy said: “Baroka beat us in the first round be­cause they took their chances bet­ter than us.

“We’ve since im­proved and have a chance to set the record straight.

“They’re a tough, de­fence-minded team who have made life dif­fi­cult for us in the past, so we have to do the right things from the first minute and I would like to see the play­ers du­pli­cate what they’ve been do­ing on the prac­tice field.”

City will be with­out de­fender Ed­mil­son Dove and play­maker Sur­prise Ralani for the next two games, while striker Ker­mit Eras­mus, af­ter pick­ing up a slight nig­gle in his de­but last week­end, will sit this one out as McCarthy does not want to risk any fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions at this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

As for his two new ac­qui­si­tions dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, McCarthy de­clared him­self happy with Eras­mus and Thato Mokeke, say­ing they “added strength” to the squad in the “right ar­eas”, while any fur­ther ad­di­tions could not be ruled out.

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