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Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele backs Gift Motupa for Golden Boot

Posted: 3 February 2018 Time: 10:15

Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele has backed Gift Motupa to bag the Absa Premiership golden boot award with more than 15 goals this season. 

Motupa, on loan from Soweto giants Orlando Pirates, is currently second on the scorers’ charts with eight goals, one behind Polokwane City’s Rodney Ramagalela.

Motupa, who bagged a brace in Bakgaga’s 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows last weekend, has been one of Baroka’s star performers in this campaign and convinced the Pirates management to exercise the option in his contract.

In an interview with KickOff.com recently, Motupa revealed that he set himself a target of scoring 10 goals this season and he is now just two goals away from achieving this.

“I am confident Motupa will win the golden boot award this season. If he does not get injuries, which is what has held him back this season, then I know he will win the golden boot. He can bang in more than 15 goals. I believe in him,” Mphahlele says.

Motupa will have an opportunity to add to his tally of goals when Bakgaga take on Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday (15h30).

Baroka can count on Motupa to score the goals upfront, but it’s in defence where there should be a concern for coach Kgoloko Thobejane. They’ve conceded seven goals in four matches this year and they’ve only kept four clean sheets all season. They will have to be on top of their game in defence to stop an Ea Lla Koto side that is capable of punishing opponents who make mistakes at the back.

Stars, meanwhile, could give new Belgian striker Maxime Cosse his debut against the Limpopo outfit, although coach Luc Eymael admitted the player is not 100 percent fit.

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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