Confident Baroka target top-eight spot

'We plan to improve our position on the table'

Neville Khoza Journalist
Evidence Makgopa of Baroka is challenged by Terence Mashego of Cape Town City during the DStv Premiership match between Cape Town City FC and Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium.
Evidence Makgopa of Baroka is challenged by Terence Mashego of Cape Town City during the DStv Premiership match between Cape Town City FC and Baroka FC at Cape Town Stadium.
Image: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix/Gallo Images

Motivated Baroka are eyeing a top-eight spot when they meet Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the DStv Premiership Limpopo derby match at Peter Mokaba Stadium today (3pm).

A victory for Bakgaga will see them replace TS Galaxy in eighth place and coach Matsemela Thoka said this is the opportunity they don’t want to miss.

They are coming into this fixture on the back of a 1-0 impressive victory over inform AmaZulu in their last match and are looking to register successive victories.

“We plan to improve our position on the table. We know TS Galaxy are currently eighth and that if we win, we will go above them,” Matsemela told Sowetan yesterday.

“What we want to see next season is to play in the top eight and we will do our best to achieve that. So, we want to win this match against TTM and move to 35 points.”

A victory for TTM will see them all but secure their status in the Premiership and Matsemela is aware that they are also desperate for a win.

They defeated Maritzburg United 1-0 in their last match and will be looking to build on that against Baroka.

“TTM are a team that has shown a lot of determination in the last matches they have played, so we know we are up against a tough team and it is not going to be easy for us,” he said. “But we are up for a challenge because we want to improve our position, and we will be ready for them.”

Thoka also wants to see the same fighting spirit they showed in their win against AmaZulu. “That win against AmaZulu was big for us because no one believed that Baroka could beat them after not tasting a defeat in their last matches.

“When we went to the match, many believed that AmaZulu would beat us, they thought it would be a walk in the park for them, but we surprised everyone.

“ But I was not surprised that we came back with all the three points because the players showed how hungry they were to win the match. We want to show the same fighting spirit against TTM. We must not go there and start thinking that since we beat AmaZulu, we can beat TTM. We have to work hard to win the match.”

Bakgaga striker Evidence Makgopa will have to be careful as he's on three yellow cards. 

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.