Baroka FC chairman feels "born again"

Telkom Knockout

Mphahlele says he feels like he is “born again” as Baroka prepare for what is no doubt their proudest moment in topflight football.

They take on Soweto giants Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (18h00), hoping to become the first Limpopo outfit in PSL history to win major silverware. 

He could not hide his excitement when speaking about what will go down in history as one of the side’s biggest achievements. 

“I feel so excited. It’s like I am born again in terms of football,” Mphahlele tells 

“I hope this is the route we are going to travel from now on. I hope we will be in more finals and win trophies, because it can’t just happen once for us.”

You’d think that in a moment such as this one Mphahlele would be having many team talks to help inspire the players, but he’s spent as little time as possible with his troops so that he does not put too much pressure on them.

“I don’t want to put pressure on the boys. They did well under no pressure. I was with them when they left and I wished them well. I said ‘go enjoy yourselves and bring the trophy home’. To us, we say it’s the same as the other matches we play. We don’t have to put the players under pressure.”

Mphahlele says he has been asked many a time about player bonuses, but winning the trophy and being remembered for years to come is what’s more important to him.

“If we win the trophy, you will talk about this Baroka team for many years. We are not worried about the money. The trophy is more important because history will be re-written. Of course the players deserve to be rewarded, but we want to focus on making history.”