Baroka sink Arrows to boost survival hopes


Baroka FC registered a vital 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in their bid to avoid the drop on Wednesday evening.

The Limpopo side came into the game under new guidance as Vincent Kobola was put in charge for the remainder of the season following Kgoloko Thobejane's demotion to the reserve side last week.

Arrows, meanwhile, were looking to make it back-to-back wins in the league after last week's triumph over Kaizer Chiefs.

Baroka handed a debut to new signing Jackson Mabokgwane while Phelelani Shozi and Thamsanqa Masiya came in at the expense of Denwin Farmer and Mphahele.

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Abafana Besthende made a positive start and should’ve gone ahead on six minutes off good combination play between Nduduzo Sibiya and Velemseni Ndwandwe.

Baroka managed to come good following a nervous opening and like their counterparts threatened the breakthrough as well from a ball by Sekela Sithole, but Sifiso Mlungwana managed a save.

The host didn’t drop momentum but continued to launch openings moments apart as a throw-in and flick on by Sbonelo Ngubane worked Mlungwana.

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele then made their bright start count on the half-hour mark when Bonginkosi Makume fired home from the penalty spot following a foul by Conco.

A host of attacks from Abafana Besthende followed in the final minute of the half with Sibiya, Conco and then Gumede working the opposite defence repeatedly.

The visitors continued to launch threats just after halftime and could’ve been level from a ball by Saziso Magawana, but Bakgaga managed to clear their lines.

Baroka were eager to extend their lead a few minutes from the break, but Thabani Zuke cleared Sithole’s free-kick with Pule Mmodi in for Conco at the opposite end.

Abafana Besthende continued looking for the equalizer in the latter exchanges of the match, but Bakgaga held on for maximum points.

Confirmed line-ups:

Baroka: Mabokgwane, Makume, Mbulu, Sithole, Kambala, Shozi, Masiya, Ngubane, Ndhlovu, Monama, Bobete

Subs: Chipezeze, Mphahlele, Mokhabi, Goldstone, Mgaga, Malivha, Chauke, Mokgopa, Farmer

Arrows: Mlungwana, Ndlovu, Zuke, Mantshiyane, Nxadi, Ndwandwe, L.Dube, Conco, Magawana, Sibiya, M.Gumede

Subs: N.Gumede, Mathiane, Mhlongo, Khumalo, Dlamini, Cele, Mutizwa, Magubane, Mmodi