'If Leicester can do it, why not Baroka?'


Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele believes his club stands an equal chance to anybody else of being crowned 2020/21 DStv Premiership champions.

Bakgaga have made a dream start this campaign as they share the same number of points as log leaders and title favourites Mamelodi Sundowns.

Like Downs, after three games Baroka and new-boys Swallows FC have gathered seven points despite Mphahlele's decision to suspend and then sack English head coach Dylan Kerr.

"We will see papa, why not? If Leicester City can do it, why not us?" Mphahlele responds to KickOff.com regarding the possibility of winning the title.

"We are trying my brother, we are trying. Me what I'm doing, I'm promoting young boys. I want the young boys to be in the national team and help Bafana Bafana.

"A trophy will come if it comes, we are just enjoying the football. You see that boy of mine [Evidence] Makgopa is scoring? He is a young boy, 20 years. If I can see a young boy of 20 years old becoming a top goalscorer I will be very much happy.

"But I believe this team is going to perform well because you remember we finished well. So when you finish well you restart well obviously. The boys are getting experience, they are gaining confidence, and they will be unstoppable at the end of the season.

"It's the first time we start a season like this, normally we draw, we lose four games, we find ourselves with four points. Now we've got three games we've got seven points. It's the first time."

Check out Mphahlele's passion project built on his own land aimed to bringing Baroka FC to the level of the bigger clubs – the Baroka FC Village

Mphahlele says what is different this season to the one where former coach Kgoloko Thobejane vowed Baroka would win the league is the way they have been scoring goals in this campaign.

In November 2017 when Baroka were on top of the standings with 17 points after 10 games, Thobejane promised to deliver the league title to Ga-Mphahlele in Lebowakgomo.

"We were not playing well, we were drawing too many matches. We were not winning matches, we were drawing matches," Mphahlele recalls.

"The difference this season is we are scoring goals. We are going to push until the end. Teams with older players will tire while we gain strength on a game-by-game basis.

"We are not done signing. We want quality. We don't want to sign, sign, sign... and then we fire, fire, fire... no. We sign quality. I'm still looking forward for a left-winger, I'm still looking for an attacking player, bit by bit.

"I'm happy to see this team win without the supporters, you know normally Baroka win when the stadium is full. In an empty stadium we don't normally win. That's why we are beaten by teams that don't have too many supporters, but teams with more supporters they don't beat us because we are not scared by the supporters. We get encouraged by the supporters.

"I'm happy because we will be able to win against teams that don't have more supporters. Teams are equal, the playing field is level. The chairman [Irvin Khoza] has levelled the playing field. We won a cup against the chairman's team.

"If the playing field was not level, there's no way we were going to win that cup. So the chairman has levelled the playing field, so anybody can win the league.

"Before the first game I told them, 'Boys, this is a new league.' Yes, the champions is Sundowns, but it's champions of the previous season, not champions of this year. This year there's no champion. We can be the champions of this year. We are all capable."

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