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Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele defends decision not to sign new players

Posted: 1 February 2018 Time: 11:20

Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has explained the club’s decision not to sign any players during the January transfer window.

The window closed last night after 165 transfers were made in the top two divisions, but Baroka were quiet during this period.

Bakgaga lost midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase to Kaizer Chiefs in a deal understood to be worth R4 million, but they did not feel the need to replace the former Black Leopards man.

Mphahlele says the signings they made before the start of the season are good enough to get them through the campaign without having to make additions. The likes of Gift Motupa, Talent Chawapihwa, Virgil Vries and Abdi Banda have done well for seventh-placed Baroka.

“We are fine with our squad. When I signed players at the start of season, I said we are signing quality. It’s good that we signed players who will finish the season. We don’t want to spoil things by bringing in other players,” Mphahlele says.

“We have just brought in four players from the MDC [MultiChoice Diski Challenge]. Maybe next season they will get to play for the first team.”

With the Nedbank Cup coming up next weekend, Mphahlele is hoping his men can go all the way. It helps that they are not fighting relegation, so they will be able to focus on the cup competition without worrying about the league campaign.

“We are ready. We are happy our log position does not make us look behind. We will try our best in the Nedbank Cup and you know that’s the competition that gives us mileage. Maybe Baroka would not be known if it was not for the Nedbank Cup, so we need to pay them back by doing well in the competition.”

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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