The Team of Choice head into the match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium (3pm kick off), having conceded late goals in their last two league matches; 1-2 away at Bidvest Wits, and 1-1 against Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium last Saturday.
Midfielder Fortune Makaringe says he and his team-mates have been stung by the setbacks, but are now determined to rectify matters against Baroka. Not that it will come easy against a Bakgaga side who are on course to claim a first ever top eight finish in the PSL.
“It was really disappointing against City because we were playing at home and we were leading up to the 90th minute. So to give it away like that, knowing we had opportunities to kill off the game, it really was disappointing and it felt like a loss to us,” said Makaringe.
“The build-up this week at training has been really good. We’ve worked hard and you can see that the players are really looking forward to putting in a good performance on Sunday and rectifying the mistakes we’ve made.
“It’s going to be a tough game, because Baroka have been on a very good run. They are full of energy, I’m expecting an exciting an entertaining match. It doesn’t surprise me to see them in the position where they are (seventh). They have a lot to play for because they’re chasing the top eight, while we are trying to consolidate the top three, and we have to win to stay there.”
With still so much on the line this season, Makaringe says it’s important for the players to adopt the right mental approach and to keep their focus on what’s in front of them and not think too far down the line.
“What I can guarantee if that we will give it our best shot in the last four league games. We know there’s a lot at stake, so it’s important we keep our heads calm and take it one game at a time, give it our all, and then we’ll see where we end,” explained
Makaringe, who has been a driving force for Maritzburg with his skill and incisive passing from the middle of the park.
The Team of Choice have beaten Baroka on all three occasions in their previous matches, including a 3-0 home victory a couple of months back, but certainly won’t be taking lightly the Limpopo side who have shown this season they can beat the best on their day.
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