IT’S PAYBACK TIME, WARNS THOBEJANE!

BAROKA FC coach Kgoloko Thobejane says it will be payback time when they host Supersport United in their Absa Premiership encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium tomorrow (3:30pm).

Early this year United thumped Baroka 2-0 to knock them out in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

With the improved form that Bakgaga have displayed in their last five matches including cup games, the outspoken Thobejane said he was convinced his charges would upset Matsatsantsa a Pitori.

In their last three league games, Baroka defeated Cape Town City 2-1, and drew 2-2 with Polokwane City and 0-0 with Kaizer Chiefs.

In the Telkom Knockout they surprised Platinum Stars when they handed them a 3-1 defeat to go through to quarterfinals, where they lost 4-3 to Cape Town City in an entertaining encounter.

Said Thobejane: “I always believe in the boys. In our last cup game they showed everyone that we can compete.

“We have drawn positives from the past and will build on that. These people (SuperSport) they owe us, and now it’s time for revenge.”

Despite their recent form, the Limpopo-based side have been struggling in the league, hanging on in 10th position with nine points after eight games that included two victories and three draws.

Thobejane said they now needed to be consistent. “We’re heading in the right direction, converting the chances we create which is what football is all about. The teams that are regarded as title contenders are the teams we want to beat to climb the ladder,” he said.

Meanwhile SuperSport head coach Stuart Baxter admitted he was wary of Baroka: “On the day they can either be very good or very bad. We will be preparing hard for a tough game.”

Baxter will be minus three suspended stars in defenders Michael Boxall, Onismor Bhasera and captain Dean Furman.

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