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Baroka are the Telkom Knockout Champions

Baroka are the Telkom Knockout Champions
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Baroka FC, who are 14th in Absa Premiership, defeated league leaders Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout final last Saturday in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Bakgaga put a very fine display against the Soweto giants, and were solid defensively, despite making an early mistake which saw Thembinkosi Lorch missing a one-on-one chance with goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze in the sixth minute of the first half.

The Buccaneers were then reduced to ten men in the 41st minute of the first half when defender Marshall Munetsi dangerously tackled Jemondre Dickens.

Dickens then scored with a half volley for Baroka in the 45th minute of the first half to take the narrow lead to the second half of the game.

In the 12th minute of the game, Pirates leveled the matters through Musa Nyatama from a rebound after Justing Shonga’s well struck free-kick smashed the bottom left corner.

At one-one, Pirates pressurised Baroka up until the game descended to extra time.

In the ninth minute of extra time, Makgantai was brought down by Mpontshane in the penalty box, and Mduduzi Mdantsane stepped up and scored the resultant penalty to make it two-one for the under-dogs.

Just six minutes before the final whistle in the second half of the thriller, Lorch equalised for the Soweto giants with a header after Shonga dribbled past defenders to provide a sublime pass.

So two-two it ended, and the game was taken to post-match penalties, where Baroka won by 3 goals to two.

Thabiso Kutumela, Lorch and Shonga failed to convert their spot kicks to gift Baroka their first ever Telkom knockout Cup.

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