Bakgaga man identified as potential threat

Rulani wary of Mosele as Downs host Baroka

Sihle Ndebele Journalist
Goodman Mosele of Baroka challenged by Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC at FNB Stadium on January 26, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Goodman Mosele of Baroka challenged by Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC at FNB Stadium on January 26, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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In his tactically shrewd self, Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has narrated why the exercise of studying Baroka was fascinating, disclosing they scrutinised Bakgaga’s playing style via looking at their past three fixtures.

Leaders Sundowns host Baroka in a DStv Premiership encounter at Loftus Versfeld today (5pm). The high-riding Brazilians top the standings with 33 points, 16 ahead of 10th-placed Baroka after 15 games each.

“Baroka have been very interesting to analyse. We’ve gone into their games… the Nedbank Cup against Cape Town Spurs [which they lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw post extra-time], we’ve gone into [their game against] Chiefs [a 1-1 draw], and we’ve gone into [their game versus] Cape Town City [another 1-all draw],’’ said Mokwena.

“They are doing some very good work because the identity of the team is very clear. Structurally, they have a system in place, which you can pick out in the 4-3-2-1 formation and they are very consistent regardless of the personnel.''

Mokwena, who’s regarded by many as one of the best coaches when it comes to breaking down tactics, suggested their analysis on Baroka shows the Limpopo club are not a possession-based side.

“Statistically, they are not a team that spends a lot of time on the ball, they average about 40% of ball possession. They are in the top 10 in the league in relations to the number of box entries, very direct from crosses and getting into the box,’’ Mokwena explained.

The ex-Orlando Pirates mentor also singled out quartet of Goodman Mosele, Richard Mbulu, Tshidiso Patjie and Thami Masiya as players who are capable of unsettling his troops today.

“Mosele is doing well for them, giving them that assurance in front of the back-four and Mbulu with the physicality and a set-piece threat,’’ noted Mokwena.

“Of course, Masiya and Patjie being their most important players with speed and directness to be able to play behind the defence and cause threats with second balls. We have to make sure we try to manoeuvre and work on that.’’

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