Witson Nyirenda coach of Baroka FC during the 2018 Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Baroka FC and Bidvest Wits. Photo: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Baroka FC are on a serious mission of building a reputation as Cup kings of South African football.
This is according to their chairman, Khurishi Mphahlele. Baroka will lock horns with Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Bakgaga are searching for their maiden trophy in top-flight football. Mphahlele wants the Telkom Knockout to be the start of big things to come for Baroka in future.

“When we gained promotion to the PSL (in 2016-17), I made it very clear that we are here to add value not to add numbers. Winning Cups has always been our ambition and we are (a) step closer to fulfilling that goal. I’m happy that the team is in the final and I’m looking forward to have my hand on that trophy next week. It will be a blessing for us to win this Cup. We want to make the people of Limpopo proud. I’m sure everyone wants to see Baroka win this Cup,” Mphahlele said.

Baroka have been the giant killers in this year’s edition of the Telkom Knockout. They dumped Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits out of the tournament.

“I’m always preaching the words of winning Cups. Our average age is 23. In the next five years we will be kings of the Cups. There are Amakhosi of Cups and we will be Kings in the next five years. Our success as a club was built around fairness. We treat everyone fairly. We work hard. We have (an) identity as a club. We mustn’t lose that. We are a team from rural areas. We are from the poorest of the poor. We will stay in rural areas,” Mphahlele said.

Talent Chawapihwa of Baroka FC during the 2018 Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Baroka FC and Bidvest Wits. Photo: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix
Talent Chawapihwa of Baroka FC during the 2018 Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Baroka FC and Bidvest Wits. Photo: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

Baroka are facing an uphill battle in beating Pirates. The Buccaneers haven’t tasted defeat in the past 12 games across all competitions, but their recent record in Cup finals is not inspiring. They have lost the past four finals.

“Our MEC is organising buses for us to PE. We are busy with that. We are hoping for 15 buses,” Mphahlele said.

Pirates have not been so lucky in the Telkom Knockout. They have only lifted the Cup once in their history in 2011.

“Pirates is the best run team. I want my team to be like Pirates. Pirates is the best professional run team. I wish I can be like them. They are currently the best in the country. They are playing good football. We are up against the potential league winners. Beating them will be a huge achievement. If we beat them we will be respected.” Mphahlele said.

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