Minnows or giant-killers?

2011-04-23 00:00

BAROKA FC will be a largely unknown quantity for Kaizer Chiefs in tomorrow’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Vodacom League (third division) team’s 2-1 victory against Moroka Swallows in the previous round indicates they must have some good things going for them, and the minnows will be out to perform a giant-killing act against Vladimir Vermezovic’s trophy-hungry Amakhosi in Polokwane.

In today’s only quarter-final, Premier Soccer League team Vasco Da Gama travel to tricky First Division competitors Black Leopards, also at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Also playing tomorrow are PSL teams AmaZulu and Mpumalanga Black Aces at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. Aces, guaranteed a last-place finish and already relegated from the top-flight for next season, will be looking for a consolation prize by winning the Nedbank.

On Monday Orlando Pirates complete the quarter-final round when they host Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium.

While Chiefs will be an open book to their third division opponents tomorrow, the Soweto giants have had just the footage from Baroka’s win against Swallows to size up the strengths and weaknesses of the minnows

Amakhosi captain Jimmy Tau said Chiefs, who bounced back to form after a five-match winless streak with a 4-0 thrashing of Wits University in the previous round, need to approach the game with caution.

“They [Baroka] showed their pedigree when they beat Swallows. They certainly have talented players and they are eager to impress. I have no doubt that they will come at us hard,” Tau told the media after a training session at Chiefs’ headquarters at Naturena, outside Soweto.

“We are approaching it like any other game and that is with a must-win attitude. I believe Baroka will be very motivated but we want to win this Nedbank Cup. We owe it to our supporters and to ourselves as it’s been a long season and we want to end it on a good note.”

Chiefs have yet to win the Nedbank Cup in it’s current guise.

Coach Vladimir Vermezovic believes said he is not concerned that Baroka have a greater knowledge of Amakhosi than his side has of their opponents. “I think anyone can guess who will be our starting 11. We all know Valery [Nahayo] is out and that Dominic [Isaacs] will play,” the Serbian said.

“On the day, it’s about who wants it more and we are prepared. We are treating this game like we would any other team in the PSL. We expect it to be a tough encounter.”

Vasco midfielder Cole Alexander said a win for his side against Leopards could help boost the Cape­tonians’ confidence for the league, where they are in third-last place and in danger of going to the promotion/relegation playoffs.

Impressing as a defensive midfielder for Vasco this season, Alexander is set to be recalled from loan by Ajax Cape Town, where he could be converted back to a more attacking role to serve as a replacement for striker Thulani Serero, who is set for a move to Ajax Amsterdam.

“I am confident that we can win the Nedbank Cup because I know we can compete with the biggest teams in South Africa,” Alexander said.

Aces coach Mark Harrison said his side hope to have a good run in the Nedbank because they “have to show something for this season”.

“We are very disappointed at being relegated but this tournament gives us a chance to get some silverware and to salvage some pride,” he said.


Today: Black Leopards v Vasco Da Gama (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 3 pm – live on SABC1)

Tomorrow: AmaZulu v Mpumalanga Black Aces (King Zwelithini Stadium, 3 pm – live on SABC1), Baroka FC v Kaizer Chiefs (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 3 pm – live on SuperSport 4)

Monday: Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars (Orlando Stadium, 3 pm – live on SABC1 and SuperSport 4)

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.