Hlanti: This is going to be a war
Posted: 16 December 2018 Time: 12:00
Bidvest Wits defender S'fiso Hlanti respects the way Baroka FC play these days, but feels his team is ready to avenge their Telkom Knockout loss.
Wits lost 1-0 in the semi-finals to Bakgaga, who produced another shock in the final last weekend when they beat Orlando Pirates to win their first major trophy.
The Absa Premiership title contenders will revive hostilities with Baroka in the league at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday (15h30).
"Eish my brother, those people can work," Hlanti tells KickOff.com.
"The way I see it, eish, it seems like motivation is what works for them. At the same time they work together as players because everything they do they do it collectively as a team. Our mentality determines everything, because we are aware of how they play. At the same time we have to consider what really happened when we played them in the semi-finals … But that is not something we can put in our heads because that was a different game than the one we are going to play with them this week. You see my brother in this game of diski, you also know it very well, games are not always the same. That was a clear indication that we must also not relax when we go there. We must be well prepared and know that this is going to be a war."
The Braamfontein side threw away a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw with visiting Golden Arrows in midweek.
Hlanti adds: "You know my brother, conceding is what we must avoid, because we are able to create the chances when it comes to going forward. So if we can stick on defending in the right way, anything can happen. We have good players who are able to show good character if we didn't play well. We are able to pick up very quickly and bounce back in our next game and do better, because to us the midweek draw felt like a loss. After the two goals we scored we conceded two goals. But going into this weekend's game … we saw how we conceded, and we will not allow it to happen again. We know how to pick up quick for the next game. Looking at the players, you can see that mentally they are well prepared and at the same time they know very well how important is this game."