City eye revenge against Baroka
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.