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Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele is impressed with the side's start

Posted: 14 November 2017 Time: 09:30

Ten matches into the Absa Premiership season and Baroka FC are top of the table. Who would have thought?

After surviving relegation via the play-offs last season, not many would have predicted that Bakgaga would be occupying top spot at this stage of the campaign.

Even the chairman himself, Khurishi Mphahlele, admits that he did not expect to see the side where it is at the moment. But with every week that passes by, Baroka believe even more that they can beat the odds to win the country’s most coveted prize, the league title.

It will most certainly be a tough task, but they are more than ready to make history and they are confident that they have the squad to do the unthinkable.

“Not at all, I did not think we would be in this position after 10 games,” Mphahlele tells

“I am happy with the way the team is perfoming. It is wonderful. We have been sitting at the top for some time now and our belief is growing. We believe we can sit there until the end of the season.

“I thought we would be in the top five after 10 games. Everything has gone according to plan and we have exceeded our expectations. We did not think we would be number one at this time because our starting line-up was made up mostly of new players so we thought they would need some time to gel.”

They certainly did not take time to gel. Baroka are playing some good football and the likes of Abdi Banda, Gift Motupa, Virgil Vries and Talent Chawapiwa have proven to be great acquisitions.

Former Black Leopards ace Siphelele Ntshangase is expected to return to the pitch after he had come down with an illness and his presence will no doubt make Baroka a bigger threat going forward.

“We signed quality, we did not sign quantity. We have signed internationals and some of them are not here. That has made a big difference for us this season. We made sure that we signed well,” says Mphahlele.

Bakgaga coach Kgoloko Thobejane has said it many times that Baroka are not holding an umbrella, so the challenge will be to make sure the team is always in good form. Winning the title requires consistency and the ability to dig deep for positive results on bad days.

Baroka’s next match is against Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership on November 21.

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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