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Baroka on the verge of re-writing history should they secure a spot in PSL and proceed to Nedbank Cup finals!

NFD leaders Baroka will all but secure automatic promotion with a win away at basement club African Warriors today in what will seal an incredible season for the modest Limpopo club.

Baroka on the verge of re-writing history should they secure a spot in PSL and proceed to Nedbank Cup finals!

Kgoloko Thobejane, coach of Baroka during the National First Division match between Baroka FC and FC Cape Town at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on February 14, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Baroka are on 59 points, three ahead of second placed Highlands Park – the only club that can still knock them off the top with two games to play and will need four points to be guaranteed of the sole ticket to the PSL for next season.

However, considering that they have a plus-five better goal difference than Highlands a win at the Charles Mopeli Stadium will just about be enough for Baroka with one more game to play – at home to Milano United on the closing day – May 22.

A win today (kick-off 15h00) for head coach Kgoloko Thobejane will mean that for Highlands to finish top then they have to win their last two games away at Mthatha Bucks and at home to AmaZulu by huge margins and then hope Bakgaga falter against Milano so that they then clinch the title through a better goal difference.

However, that is very unlikely.

“It is very important that we win against Warriors,” Daniel ‘Oupa’ Kgoadi, Baroka team manager, tells KickOff.com.

“We are actually going all out to win this game. The guys are focused on what stands ahead of us because we are almost there now. We just need everyone to concentrate and it is important that we win this game so that we go six points up and make it extremely difficult for the team in number two to have any chance. We also want to go to the weekend game against SuperSport in high spirits,” says Kgoadi.

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Team of the moment. The resilient Polokwane outfit Baroka FC are set flying off to the elite PSL campaign next season, should they will all remaining matches.

Shaku Olaleng is the only player that will not be available due to suspension after picking up four yellow cards with Donald Makondelela back after missing out the last match due to suspension.

After just three years in the First division during which they finished fourth in their first year and then ninth last season, Baroka are on the brink of becoming the second club from Limpopo in the PSL after Polokwane City.

Bakgaga’s match with Warriors has been brought forward due to the fact that they have Nedbank Cup business to deal with at the weekend by way of a semi-final tie against SuperSport United on Saturday evening (20h15).

Just like they did five years ago – Baroka are back in the last four yet again and will be keen to reach the final after wrapping up their historic promotion to the PSL – an amazing achievement for a club based in semi-rural Ga-Mphahlele in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo.

Real Rovers, Dynamos, Ria Stars and Black Leopards are the other clubs that have previously come from the northernmost province of South Africa.

PSL fixtures:

 

11 May Wits v Mamelodi Sundowns 19:30 Bidvest Stadium
11 May Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs 19:30 Goble Park
11 May Maritzburg United v Ajax Cape Town 19:30 Harry Gwala Stadium
11 May SuperSport United v Black Aces 19:30 Lucas Moripe Stadium
11 May Chippa United v Orlando Pirates 19:30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
11 May Polokwane City v University of Pretoria 19:30 Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
11 May Golden Arrows v Jomo Cosmos 19:30 Princess Magogo Stadium
11 May Platinum Stars v Bloemfontein Celtic 19:30 Royal Bafokeng Stadium

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