Baroka back on the winning trail

Premiership

Baroka got back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Sekhukhune United on Saturday evening.

The home side were boosted by the return of Evidence Makgopa, with the likes of Manuel Kambala, Bonginkosi Makume, Gerald Phiri Junior, Joslin Kamatuka recalled while Sekhukhune made a big call in goal by handing Zambian shot-stopper Toaster Nsabata his debut ahead of experienced goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.

The hosts almost had a dream start in the second minute after Ananias Gebhardt unleashed a great strike that was repelled by Nsabata.

The game was opening up but neither side had clear chances and Bakgaga were forced to make a change in goal on the half-hour mark after shot-stopper Oscarine Masuluke went down injured and he was replaced Elvis Chipezeze.

However, Matsimela Thoka's charges eventually broke the deadlock just before the half-time break courtesy of a strike by Makgopa inside the box and Baroka went to the half-time interval leading by an odd goal.

Chances were hard to come by for both sides early in the second stanza and MacDonald Makhubedu made a triple change just after the hour-mark, as Sibusiso Hlubi replaced Tshediso Patjie, Prince Nxumalo came on for Vusimuzi Mncube, both for attacking reasons while Nyiko Mobbie came on for Tumelo Matona at the back.

Baroka made a defensive change with 22 minutes remaining, as Mash Mphahlele replaced Phiri Junior while two minutes later Babina Noko brought the fresh legs upfront, as Charlton Mashumba replaced their top goalscorer Chibuike Ohizu.

Sekhukhune had a chance to level matters in the last nine minutes after Mashumba played a good cross inside the box but Nxumalo's header could noot find the target and Bakgaga held on to clinch their second win of the season, while Babina Noko lost for the second time.

Confirmed line-ups:

Baroka: Masuluke, Gebhardt, Makume, Farmer, Sibiya, Goldstone, Mbulu, Phiri Jr, Kambala, Kamatuka, Makgopa.

Subs: Chipezeze, Mphahlele, Seema, Mokhabi, Mgaga, Dlala, Shozi, Chauke, Monama.

Sekhukhune: Nsabata, Matona, Chabalala, Gyimah, Jampies, Sarupinda, Maart, Patjie, Ledwaba, Mncube, Ohizu.

Subs: Kapini, Motsepe, Mobbie, De Jongh, Madonsela, Parusnath, Hlubi, Mashumba, Nxumalo.

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