Olaleng Shaku says Baroka FC are capable of staying at the top
Posted: 18 October 2017 Time: 13:45
Baroka FC captain Olaleng Shaku says there is no pressure being at the top of the Absa Premiership table.
Baroka go into tonight’s encounter against Golden Arrows sitting on top of the standings after seven matches, with a two-point lead that could potentially be stretched to five if they get a victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium (19h30).
Baroka have been getting positive results both at home and on the road, showing a lot of improvement from last season’s horrible debut campaign in the topflight.
They are dangerous in attack, with Gift Motupa and Siphelele Ntshangase playing a big role in creating opportunities for teammates. They have also improved in defence, and will have to keep working as a unit to ensure they hold on to that spot at the top of the table.
“When we are number one there’s no pressure because we are not worrying about anyone. The ones who are number two, three and four they must be under pressure because they want to get to the top. We don’t have pressure because we are number one,” said Shaku.
“Our head coach said he wants to win the league and he wants to maintain the number one spot, so we as players want to help him maintain that number one spot. Last season our performance was not the way we wanted, so this season they [the management] said we must focus. We have started well, so we must keep on pushing.”
Many feel Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane should have been awarded the Premiership Coach of the Month prize for August/September, but it was given to Arrows’ Clinton Larsen.
It’s an opportunity this evening for Thobejane to show that he indeed deserved the award.
“Golden Arrows is a good team. They are number two on the log. They are unbeaten, but we are playing at home, so we must score goals. If we score, there are more chances of winning the games,” said Shaku.