Elvis respects the Buccaneers

Telkom Knockout

Chipezeze's good performances have helped Bakgaga reach a maiden Telkom Knockout final, as he kept clean sheets against big teams Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits in the competition.

The reigning Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year arrived in South Africa at the beginning of the season from Chicken Inn on a three-year deal.

"It's been going good, I have been doing well. It's my first season ja," he tells KickOff.com.

"We are working, we are working. The coach saw something in me and they just said let's just give this guy a chance. It's the hard work at training I think. This is our job, we are professionals, so if given a chance then we have to push more. When I arrived with the statistics that I had back home, you know as a goalkeeper you need to prove your worth, especially when you are coming to the PSL. The way the PSL is ... it's very tough. I had to adjust very quickly. I think that's the main reason why we are doing so well.

"Ja, it's always been my dream (playing in the PSL) after collecting all those awards back home. I just said to myself this is my turn now, I should maybe take another challenge."

After being voted as the top keeper in Zimbabwe, many thought Chipezeze's next club was going to be a big team in Mzansi, but to their surprise he chose Baroka.

"It's always good to start (at the) bottom you know, going up, giving yourself a challenge. If I start from the ground then I just take it from there. My agent was the one solving all the issues. When the offer came I just said let me check this opportunity."

Bakgaga will take on red-hot Orlando Pirates in the final of the TKO at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

The Zimbabwean has ample respect for the Soweto giants.

"Ja, we know Pirates is a big team, we respect them. Like I have always said, we are just taking each game as it comes. We know that they have got quality on their side, and then ... it's football at the end of the day. It's 11 versus 11. We will just go out there and try to work very hard as this is the first final for the people of Limpopo, so we just have to go there and then enjoy ourselves.

"We will just continue the way we were defending, we've been doing well. It's a credit of course to my goalkeeper coach 'Spaghetti' (Thomas Mare). He's been working very hard. We must try and concentrate, put in more work in trying to give our attackers more chances.

"You know in football if you are a defender, keeper or something you have to make sure that you protect what's yours. Ja, we will just go there and try to enjoy our game. You know it's the final man, our first final ... especially for me in the PSL, it's my first final."

Like any PSL footballer Chipezeze says he dreams of playing for one of 'The Big Three' one day.

"As a player it's always a dream to play for those big teams. So I'm still working on it, trying to push myself, then obviously winning cups with Baroka. If you win cups and then maybe at the end of the season we might be in the top eight. Then it will give myself a chance to be seen by the other teams. So I'm just taking it one game at a time, then we'll see what happens at the end of the season."