The last Limpopo derby supporters in the province had seen was between Dynamos and Black Leopards. Mphahlele is hoping 14th-placed Rise and Shine can move up the table in the final third of the campaign so that they do not go down to the National First Division.
The sides meet in the derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium tomorrow (15h30), their fourth meeting in the topflight. They have played to three draws previously and supporters will no doubt want to see a winner come match day.
“I am definitely looking forward to the game. It’s an important game for us and province. It’s important for both teams and it’s one that will give supporters quality football. It will show the country that Limpopo has quality football. We need this derby to revive the football in the province. We want to see this derby for many years to come,” Mphahlele tells KickOff.com.
Baroka know all about avoiding relegation. Last season they survived via the play-offs and they have made big improvements this term, as they are currently challenging to stay in the top eight.
“I hope they [City] survive, like we did last season. They have to fight till the end and survive, so that they go back to the drawing board and fix where they missed the ball and come back strongly.“
He may want City to survive, but that does not mean he wants them to win the derby. You can bet that he will get his boys fired up for the clash as Baroka look to become the first team to claim maximum points in this derby.