Nyirenda confident of beating Bucs

Telkom Knockout

Baroka on Sunday made history as they eliminated defending champions Bidvest Wits to reach their first ever cup final.

The Limpopo-based outfit rose above themselves as they beat Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns and The Clever Boys – all without conceding a single goal – in their dream League Cup run.

While many would count this as a shock, Nyirenda has emphasised that this is why he came to Bakgaga and, with his record of having won titles at his previous clubs, is confident of leading his charges past The Buccaneers on December 8.

"When I came in, I said I'm a man who goes to finals, and I believe in winning championships – that's how I have always been," said Nyirenda.

"I went to Mozambique [Ferroviario de Beira] and was in the finals of the national cup, and I won the league for the first time [in the club's history].

"In Zambia, I cannot count ... There are so many medals in my house, I don't know where to put the one I'm going to get against Pirates.

"So, I think it is a great honour for me coming back 'home' in South Africa and getting into the [TKO] final – this is all I needed, because I know everything in the final will just unfold itself."

After twice falling short at the semi-final stage of the Nedbank Cup in 2011 and 2016, the club are said to have promised players bonuses for achieving this historic feat.

However, the Zambian tactician denies that this was their fuel for going out and putting out such a disciplined display against Wits.

"I think it was the attitude and approach [of the players] to the game that was perfect. Bonus or no bonus, I think the boys did a great job," he defended.

"You can be promised millions, but you go into the pitch and you don't do the application [of the game-plan], it goes away.

"But today everyone fought, they sweated blood instead of water, and it showed that we needed [the victory] – we needed it more than Wits.

"Wits have won it, so we needed it more for the Limpopo people, who deserve better. We haven't given them the best start in the league, so we said, let's give them a Christmas bonus before Christmas."