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Kgoloko Thobejane insists Baroka will lift the Absa Premiership trophy

Posted: 2 November 2017 Time: 16:00

Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane has reiterated his belief that the club will win its maiden Premiership title this season.

Thobejane became the butt of jokes when making the same claim after Bakgaga were crowned NFD champions in 2015/16, only to see his side narrowly survive demotion from the topflight via the play-offs last term.

However, Baroka currently top the standings with 17 points from 10 games, while they also have a Telkom Knockout quarter-final date with Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

And while Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Pitso Mosimane has warned that the PSL's big boys will get stronger as the season unfolds, Thobejane is adamant his men will defend the summit.

“We are still number one and we’ll maintain and keep it... dark or blue,” Thobejani told reporters after his men's 1-1 draw with AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night. 

“We are confident with the performance. Look at the position, that tells you and says a lot about what Baroka is about this time.

“Most of these boys this season we had last season. They’re stronger, they’re talented and football is like that.

“Some are saying we are just an umbrella, we are here to stay... and we are here to win it.”

Meanwhile, Thobejane said offensive midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase will shortly return from an illness. Ntshangase, an August signing from Black Leopards, has missed the side's past four games having last played against Kaizer Chiefs in Durban in September.

“He [Ntshangase] is still not okay, but he’ll recover very soon.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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