Baroka FC, a Limpopo Vodacom League put-together (3rd Division) which crept out of the Soccer Scene woodwork in between 2007 and now – booking a place in the annual Nedbank Cup, has tonight stunned all Kaizer Chiefs players and supporters alike with a 2-1 triumph in the dying minutes of a thrilling game. This win takes them into the semi-finals of the well-known cup.
Chiefs, the favourites to win, had initialy taken the lead as expected – however thanks to some wonderful and lucky play Baroka (a team who’s name is directly translated as ‘they rain’) did just that, the unexpected, they rained on their parade.
The side were initially called ‘Giant Killers’, a name they could have flaunted proudly after today’s performance, but renamed themselves in 2008. An equaliser ensuring that they kept themselves in contention for the win.
When Baroka FC coach Sello Chokoe spoke after the game, he had this to say; “They (the team) didn’t need motivation from me, because that comes naturally in a game like this, but they gave it 100% today”.
Many Chiefs fans will be disappointed with the team’s performances as of late but will still hold high hopes for the team’s progress in other facets of the game. The ‘Black&Yellows’ (as they’ve come to be called) will have to soldier on past this defeat and see the rest of their season through with every strength they have.
Baroka FC will celebrate their win with the rest of Limpopo and come the next round coach and fans will put their hope in another stellar performance by Thobani Mncwango and his team mates.
In other Nedbank Cup ties:
1: Amazulu were beaten to the semi-finals by Mpumalanga Black Aces when they went down 3-2 to them at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.
2: Orlando Pirates take on a hopeful Free State Stars side on Monday.
3: Black Leopards slid through to the next round of the tournament - having beaten Vasco Da Gama by 3 goals to 2 on Saturday.