Baroka FC progressed to the next round of the Nedbank Cup courtesy of a 3-2 win over Chippa United in an entertaining encounter at Buffalo City Stadium on Sunday afternoon. At the end of the match, Baroka had confirmed themselves as the true giant killers in this competition. Kgokolo Thobejane fielded a squad of fringe players to take on the Chilli Boys.
Experience prevailed in the opening exchanges as Dan Malisela’s men dominated proceedings but failed to find a goal to show for it. The NFD outfit was outplayed at all levels but surprisingly they were the first to dirty the score sheet. In the 28th minute, Jacky Motshegwa feasted from a free kick with a piercing shot which deflected past the wall to kiss the net.
Shortly after the opening goal, Thobejane’s men added another through Simandla. The two-goal cushion gave Baroka a face lift as they took control of the game with the third goal in sight. However, just before half time, Chippa reduced the deficit through a superb Andile Mbenyane strike.
Despite the goal, the visitors held on to a 2-1 lead at the break. United started the second stanza as they did in the first, and again found themselves conceding. In the 61st minute, Motshegwa showed good composure inside the box with nobody putting pressure on him and he made no mistake to give his side a 3-1 lead.
The deficit was cut again in the 63rd minute, this time through a comedic error from Baroka’s goal minder thus gifting Rhulani Manzini chance and he buried it. With 20 minutes left to play, Malisela’s troops were throwing everything at their opponents looking to at least send the match into extra time. In the 76th minute Lerato Chabangu had sight of goal but the veteran midfielder sent his shot way over.
The visitors were resolute in their defence with the time not so much on the side of their opponents. As the referee blew for full time, Baroka had held on to their 3-2 lead and managed to cause yet another upset in the Nedbank Cup.