Baroka on Bucs: There's no big teams


Baroka FC head coach Thoka Matsimela says they will not view Orlando Pirates as a big team when they do battle in the DStv Premiership at Orlando Stadium today.

The Limpopo side are sitting fourth on the table, one point behind the Buccaneers heading into this afternoon's encounter at Orlando Stadium (15h30).

Matsimela says Bakgaga have always done well against the likes of Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

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"You see Baroka from our history when we were still in the Vodacom or ABC Motsepe, we've beaten those so-called big teams," Matsimela tells

"But for us there are no big teams. Those ones are successful teams you see, because we are in the same league, we are in the PSL. If you call someone a big team it means you undermine yourself. Call him a successful team because he succeeded more than you. But when it comes to playing there is no big team, we are 11 versus 11, so it's for us just to compete.

"Any team that is playing is looking for three points, but if it's not three we are fighting for one. Losing all the points for us in this one, I don't think it will be good for us. We must make sure we get something out of that game against Pirates.

"Ya the Pirates are on form now, they are unbeatable, but we are going to compete against them because we are in the PSL and we can't run away from playing against Pirates, playing against Chiefs, playing against Sundowns. We are in the same league.

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"No matter how many they are, they can't play 14 players just because it's Pirates, it's 11 versus 11 so football is one. So we will fight for one football on the field of play. So we are ready my man. We are not undermining Pirates, it's a very good team, very experienced team, good players, quality, but yes we have quality in our team also. We are ready to fight against Pirates."

Matsimela also gave an update on Malawian striker Richard Mbulu, who started on the bench in last weekend's 1-0 loss to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, as well as trialist from Ghana, Richard Antwi.

"Mbulu, yes he started from the bench because he was at the national team remember. So he went to Malawi, he played two games, internationals home and away, and the travelling killed him," Matsimela explains.

"But going to Pirates I think everybody will be in a good shape. We are still assessing the Ghanaian boy, up to so far we can't give anything to him because we still need to give him a chance."

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