Test of character for Limpopo teams

  • by African Times
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Baroka FC and Bidvest Wits face off in Telkom KO Cup

MOYAHABO MABEBA

INSPIRED by their home turf victories, Baroka FC travel to Johannesburg brimming with confidence and courage to take on Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout quarter final match last Saturday.

The same poise and valour can be expected from Polokwane City who meet the unpredictable Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium also last Saturday.

Kick off for both matches is at 8:15pm at Bidvest and Orlando stadiums respectively.

The victories for the Limpopo sides in the Last 16 round have made them to join among others, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United.

Fresh from a morale-boosting extra-time victory over Free State Stars, Wits will also be confident of winning the encounter against Baroka who beat defending champions Cape Town City 1-0 at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium last weekend.

Talent Chawapihwa’s solitary goal – a thunderous strike in the 15th minute that broke the deadlock-booked Bakgaga’s berth in the last eight round.

Baroka head coach and his charges will pull all the stops in an attempt to continue with their good vein of form against Gavin Hunt’s men.

But against Wits, Baroka will have a tough assignment when they face off a belligerent juggernaut led by Amr Gamal and James Keene, the Wits scorers whom Hunt will largely pin his faith on come match day.

“Given our position on the log table, we are a targeted team. Every team playing against us bring its big guns. However, we will be ready for this match to prove that our position on the log is not just a fluke,” said Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane.

The Students are still searching for consistency as they have been blowing hot and cold so far, but Hunt could motivate his men with his tactical nous.

However, a match against the Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele is always a challenge for Hunt’s men, but they will want a win in front of their Johannesburg fans.

Meanwhile, Polokwane City, who beat Ajax Cape Town 4-3 on penalties at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium to book their place in the quarter finals of the tournament, may not be firm favourites against Pirates.

The Soweto giants will not be cowed by the visiting Limpopo side in front of the fanatical home fans.

Looking at Rise and Shine’s match against Ajax Cape Town, Bernard Molekwa’s men have a tendency of dominating games in the early exchanges but tend to lose concentration in the last minutes – a concern the coach emphasised that it needs urgent addressing.

Against the Urban Warriors, Rise and Shine subjugated their opponents in first stanza with interchanges in Polokwane, and Molekwa said they intend to repeat the same rhythm this weekend.

“We have played an excellent game against Ajax and the boys have promised to continue with the good work. The mood in the camp is very high but you cannot be complacent against such a big team as Pirates,” said Molekwa.

In other fixtures, Platinum Stars face Bloemfontein Celtic at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (3:30pm) on Saturday whilst Chippa United lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday.

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