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Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane revives PSL title ambitions

Posted: 20 September 2017 Time: 16:00

Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane is undeterred by past struggles, insisting the club is challenging for the PSL title this season.

Thobejane made the same claim after Bakgaga were crowned NFD champions in 2015/16, only to see his side narrowly survive relegation from the topflight via the play-offs last term.

However, Thobejane takes encouragement from his men's bright start to the new campaign, which has yielded two wins and two draws ahead of tonight's clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium (19h30).

"Yes, we are gunning for the title and we believe it's possible," Thobejane tells KickOff.com.

"South Africa is a land of possibilities, in SA everything is possible. As long as we stay up there among the log leaders... as long as we are there on top we stand a chance. We just need to maintain the position."

Thobejane believes Bakgaga are more offensive now and have improved their dealings in the transfer market, having recently recruited the likes of Siphelele Ntshangase, Gift Motupa and Virgil Vries.

"We have to make sure, I encourage this kind of play because in football you score one goal you win a game. Scoring is more important, we can't just defend and not score, you must defend what you have.

"Our problem last season was the recruitment of players. So, this season's material is here to work. With this material... I don't see anybody stopping us in our targets."

He also retains faith in new signing Lucky Nguzana, who was unable to open his scoring account despite getting chances in a 1-0 win over Free State Stars on the weekend.

"He [Nguzana] is a very lucky player to get those kind of opportunities. It's two games now he's been one-on-one with the keeper. He is a good kind of striker that can create space for himself. He just needs to be more composed and learn to control his emotions once in front of goals and relax a bit."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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