Nyirenda delivers on Baroka promise

Telkom Knockout

Nyirenda vowed to deliver Bakgaga's first trophy this season and made good on his word on Saturday, as his side beat Orlando Pirates 3-2 on penalties in the Telkom Knockout final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

"I think I have been a man of honours. Wherever I go I create a difference for the good of the people I work for," Nyirenda said.

"It did not come as surprise because those who I have been with when I arrived, including the chairman; I told them we will win the Telkom Knockout cup and move to a position we have never been in the league because we needed to grow in football.

"I have been preaching about winning this cup and thank God it has happened."

The former Zambia coach wishes his late mother was still around to share in his success. His mom passed away shortly before Baroka's TKO quarter-final with Mamelodi Sundowns on November 3. Nyirenda flew home to attend to matters, with Matsemela Thoka overseeing the shock 2-0 defeat of the Brazilians.

"I would have loved to take this cup to her if she was still alive," said Nyirenda.

"That grief was too much because I have been the closest child to her. For many years I had been living with her.

"When she was sick it was a burden for me because I was working outside the country," said the ex-Kaizer Chiefs striker.

Bakgaga, in 14th place on the Absa Premiership table with 10 points from 12 games, next visit Downs on Tuesday.