Derby rivals seek cup redemption

Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City challenged by Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates.
Jabulani Maluleke of Polokwane City challenged by Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates.
Image: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix

It will be a case of seeking redemption when Polokwane City and Baroka face off in the Nedbank Cup last 32 Limpopo derby at Peter Mobaka Stadium tonight (7.30pm).

The two teams head into this fixture looking to revive their season, as they have plunged into the relegation zone in the Absa Premiership.

They both believe victory will go a long way in improving their confidence as they look to better their position on the log.

"A victory for us will mean a lot since we are not in a good position on the log. So, if we can win on Tuesday [tonight] things will go smoothly for us," Jabulani Maluleke, City's veteran captain, said yesterday.

"We just have to win this game and take momentum to the league matches. The coach spoke to us at training that we should take one game at a time and enjoy ourselves. Not to get pressure on ourselves, if we get the pressure that's where things won't be easy for us, we just have to be positive."

Victories have been hard to come by for City. The last time they registered a win was back on January 4 when they beat Chippa United 2-0 at home and they have now gone four matches winless.

For Baroka, they are slight favourites to win tonight. They edged City 1-0 in a league game on January 11 and won again on January 26 against Maritzburg United (2-1).

Bakgaga goalkeeper and captain Elvis Chipezeze, who lifted the Telkom Knockout trophy with the team last year, has reminded his teammates about that winning feeling.

"Last season, we went and lifted the trophy and it was a good feeling," Chipezeze said.

"I'm sure with the new guys will want to have the same feeling to play in the final and lift the trophy. Last year, we played Jomo Cosmos here and we lost 1-0. This time, we must win."

Elsewhere tonight, ABC Motsepe League campaigners Zizwe United of Cape Town will welcome Happy Wanderers of KwaZulu-Natal to Athlone Stadium (also at 7.30pm).

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