DURBAN – Can Baroka FC do what Leicester City did during the 2015/16 season, where they won the league title after nearly getting relegated the previous season?
Coach Kgoloko Thobejane believes that Bakgaga can go all the way and capture the Absa Premiership title, but doesn’t want to be compared to Leicester.
Baroka are at the summit of the log after 10 matches. Two points separate Baroka and Lamontville Golden Arrows, who are occupying the second position.
There’s still a long way to go, though, with 20 matches to go, which is a total of 60 points.
Baroka have already piled on 17 points and have beaten Kaizer Chiefs, drew against Orlando Pirates and lost to Bidvest Wits in big matches this season.
“We are still number one, we will maintain it and keep it, dark or blue. Our performance is what makes me confident. Our position says a lot about what is Baroka FC this time,” Thobejane said.
“And you know what? Most of them are strong, they are not like those ones we had last season. These ones you can see, most of them are very strong footballers. They are talented.
“You don’t teach someone to play football. Last season we were scoring, but you will find out that we will go six games without a victory.
“But this time around, the PSL is having a pressure of saying you know what this team is two years in this division, and we are happy.”
No team from Limpopo has ever won the league. Baroka almost got relegated last season, finishing 15th on the log. They retained their status via the promotion-relegation playoffs.
“Some are saying that we are just holding an umbrella, but we are there to stay. We want to win it. We are not Leicester, but we are Baroka.
“We are number one, meaning that we want to win the league. With the mission or no mission, we are there. We are in this position, and why should we let it go,” the charismatic Thobejane elaborated.
Only time will tell whether Thobejane’s dream can be turned into reality or whether it’s all just a dream.
On Saturday night, Bakgaga will face Bidvest Wits in the quarter-final of the Telkom Knockout. The game will kickoff at 8.15pm at Bidvest Stadium in Milpark.
“Wits have declared themselves as the hoodoo team to Baroka FC. We have met three times and we have never won a game against Wits. They have won all of these matches,” Thobejane said.
“Before we played Cape Town City, we played against Wits, they won. So now, I’m just laughing to say Wits will come with the mentality that this will be an obvious case, but come Saturday night, Baroka will be in the semi-finals.”
Doctor Khumalo was appointed as Baroka’s technical director, and a lot of people have applauded his impact since joining the club.
“Doctor is my brother and I’m working with him. If someone says he has made the difference since joining us, then perfect.
“It is a good working relationship, and why should I undermine the working relationship that I have with him if that is the case,” Thobejane added.