Players to watch in Telkom Knockout final

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BAROKA

Talent Chawapiwa
The Zimbabwean international does not score much, but remains a threat whenever he is in possession of the ball. He has the ability to create chances for his teammates and, on that rare occasion, come up with a goal. Coach Wedson Nyirenda will certainly hope the player can deliver in arguably the biggest game in Baroka’s history.

Mduduzi Mdantsane
The man who has been wearing the captain’s armband in recent times has a sweet left foot and should not be given too much space to line up a shot from range. He can score from set-pieces and is usually very calm whenever he is given the responsibility of taking penalties.

Onkabetse Makgantai
The Botswana international has only scored once this season, but has proven to be a nuisance for the opposition, which creates space for his teammates in the box to score. He’d certainly cherish a goal in the final against Soweto giants Pirates.

PIRATES

Vincent Pule
The former Bidvest Wits winger has already found the back of the net against Bakgaga, a cracking left-footed effort in the 2-1 victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium. His game keeps on improving under the guidance of Milutin Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena at Pirates, as he is now able to get into good scoring positions and convert the chances created from open play. He will likely be the biggest threat for Bucs.

Thembinkosi Lorch
The winger has been Pirates’ best player in the competition, bagging three goals so far, two of which were scored in the extra-time victory over AmaZulu. Lorch is growing in confidence and demands attention with the runs he makes behind defenders and into space. It’s his first final as a professional footballer and he can’t wait to leave a mark on the big stage.

Justin Shonga
The Zambian international can be very wasteful, but he is constantly backed by the technical team and this should give him confidence. What makes Shonga a problem to deal with is his ability to take players head on with his skill and pace. He has also scored some cracking goals from set-pieces, so Baroka should guard against giving away free-kicks just outside the area.

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