Chokoe backs Thobejane to make PSL history
Posted: 29 September 2017 Time: 16:00
Tshakuma Tsha Madzhivhandila coach Sello Chokoe believes Kgoloko Thobejane can achieve great things at Baroka with help from the likes of Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo and Greg Etafia.
Thobejane's side have made a strong start to the season as they are unbeaten with 12 points from six games - in contrast to last term where they narrowly survived relegation via the Play-offs.
Chokoe, who used to work with Thobejane at Bakgaga, has given credit to the Premiership club for bringing in quality players and beefing up the technical team with Khumalo, goalkeeper trainer Etafia and ex-Acornbush United coach MacDonald Makhubedu.
"Last season he [Thobejane] struggled because it was their first time in the league. They had just been promoted and survived in the dying minutes of the league," Chokoe tells KickOff.com.
"This season he had time to reinforce with quality players. Last season they didn't have international players in the team, this season they have four internationals.
"He is a passionate coach. He believes in what he is doing and that rubs off on his players. He understands Baroka, he's been with the team from the beginning, since 2007. He knows that team and its structure."
He continues: "Last year he had a very bad season but the club management stood by him. This season they brought him guys like Doctor, MacDonald Makhubedu who was coaching at Acornbush United last season, and not to forget Greg Etafia.
"They realised he needed those kinds of people, and they are making a great team. Kgoloko is in charge and Doctor is part and parcel of the support structure. So Kgoloko deserves all the credit.
"They will finish in the top eight and do well in one or two cups. I think this time they will make history for the first time in the PSL."
Thobejane was Chokoe's assistant when Baroka, then in the third tier, stunned Chiefs 2-1 to reach the 2011 Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
The clubs will contest a league tie in Durban on Saturday, with Chokoe pointing out the dynamics are vastly different from six years ago.
"They were favourites coming into the game and never bothered to study us as we were in the ABC Motsepe League. They thought we would be a walk in the park.
"Chiefs is a big team capable to bounce back any time, so they must not read anything into Kaizer Chiefs' poor form. But he must get his players to focus and play a good match."