Baroka face Steenberg United test

Baroka FC will be banking on their home ground advantage when they welcome Steenberg United in the Nedbank Cup at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

The hosts are fresh from a 1-0 win in the previous round over relegation-threatened Platinum Stars in Rustenburg.

Although they last tasted a victory over Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership, they drew against Bidvest Wits last week in Braamfontein.

Baroka are also having their own problems off the field of play after parting ways with coach Kgoloko Thobejane, skipper Olaleng Shaku, as well as goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.

However, coach MacDonald Makhubedu is aware that meeting a side from the ABC Motsepe division will mean they have their work cut out for them.

Looking at the visiting Western Cape side, United dispatched Orbit College out of the competition as they met in the previous round.

They beat Orbit 3-1 at Parow Park in Cape Town and heading to the north to Limpopo means they must fight harder.

They are motivated heading to Bakgaga as they beat Royal Blues FC 2-0 at home last weekend and will hope to reach the next stage of the Ke Yona competiton.

Head-to-Head

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What the teams are saying:

Baroka FC coach MacDonald Makhubedu:

“Yeah I said this week that the game will be tough and interesting,” said Makhubedu.

“You know, mostly when we play the small teams it is always tough because they want to express themselves.

“They have nothing to lose and they have a great technical team, their coach and players such as Lennox Bacela are experienced.

“He played in the PSL and we cannot undermine them…all I can say is that we expect a tough game, but we are ready.”

Steenberg United coach Mike Lukhubene:

“For us the truth is that we want to learn with my young boys. After learning, then we can look at writing at history,” said Lukhubene.

“The competition is motivation for the boys and the club because we have a dream to achieve in the league, we are doing well and the moral is high.

“We will treat the game with the same respect and we cannot be big headed.

“It’s not about we want to beat Baroka and reach the next stage, but we want them to teach us, we want to learn and we will be happy - that’s very important for us.”

Key players for Baroka FC:

Matome Kgoetyane:

Kgoetyane has a role to ensure they take no prisoners at the back and avoid a shocking defeat to the minnows. Experience and discipline will count in this encounter.

Gift Motupa:

Motupa scored their winning goal over Dikwena in the opening round and scored last weekend against Wits. He will be the man to watch this weekend once again.

Key players for Steenberg United:

Mika-iel Hendricks:

The midfielder netted twice when they beat Orbit College in the previous stage. Commanding and scoring goals from the midfield will be his mission against Baroka.

Waseem George:

George is one of the players to watch heading to this clash. He has an eye for goal and operates well just behind the strikers. He also scored against Orbit.