Former Telkom Knockout winner and current Baroka FC defender Thabiso Semenya believes they have what it takes to go all the way and win the competition.
Semenya won the competition with Platinum Stars in 2013 following a 2-1 victory over Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and was on the losing side the following year in the final as Dikwena were beaten 3-2 by SuperSport United in extra time.
Semenya knows what it takes to get to the final and will be encouraging his players to believe that they can upset defending champions Bidvest Wits when they lock horns at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday (15h00).
“Anything is possible in football. I’ve won this tournament before and we also came second when we were beaten by SuperSport. It’s not going to be an easy game. We are playing against a team that has cup pedigree. They have that experience when it comes to cups and they are playing against a team that has players who do not have experience when it comes to cup competitions, so it’s going to be a difficult one,” Semenya tells KickOff.com.
Semenya’s arrival at Bakgaga has coincided with their change of fortune in recent weeks. They’ve won three of their last four matches, including the big one against Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the competition. Beating Sundowns will give them reason to believe they can go all the way and lift the trophy, which would make them the first team from Limpopo to claim a major title in the PSL.
“It would be a great thing for Baroka as a team [to win the competition] and Limpopo as a whole, because there’s no team from this province that has won a PSL competition. It would also mean a lot to the chairman [Khurishi Mphahlele] and the people of Ga-Mphahlele. It would also be great for the coach [Wedson Nyirenda] to win this first trophy in the PSL. It will boost his confidence going forward and he will settle down.”