Baroka's cup win inspires rivals City

Polokwane City's Jabu Maluleke is determined to help his side reach win a cup. / BackpagePix
Polokwane City's Jabu Maluleke is determined to help his side reach win a cup. / BackpagePix

Polokwane City skipper Jabu Maluleke has vowed that his team will not put their foot off the pedal against provincial homeboys Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the Nedbank Cup first round tonight at Peter Mokaba Stadium (7.30pm).

Rise and Shine have been the surprise package in the Absa Premiership where they are among the title-chasing pack in the league.

"It's important that we continue the momentum that we have in the league and go all out like [we do in] every other game," Maluleke, 36, said.

"So the plan is to pick up from where we left off against Bidvest Wits at the weekend. They [Tshakhuma] will be motivated to play against us so we must just continue doing what we do."

The veteran scored City's third goal via a free-kick when they drew 3-all against Wits. "I practice free-kicks a lot in training because my weakness is that I don't have a powerful shot from open play, so I just work on bending the ball a lot."

The triumph of Baroka, City's Limpopo neighbours, in the Telkom Knockout in December has shown that even smaller clubs can win cups in the PSL.

Maluleke added that his team was not putting themselves under pressure to clinch the cup.

"All we have to do is take it a game at a time. The first goal is to get to the final and then thereafter we can give it a go."

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