Baroka FC chairman targets cups in first PSL season

Baroka shot to prominence in 2011 when they stunned Chiefs and Swallows in the Nedbank Cup.

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JOHANNESBURG - Newly promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Baroka FC have become famous for a vibrant style of play, upsetting big teams in the top division and mostly for making bold statements about their aspirations.

The trend seems to have carried on, this as they look ahead to the 2016/2017 PSL season where they will make their debut in the top flight of South African football.

Baroka won the National First Division last season, pipping Highlands Park to the title and automatic qualification to the premier league and along the way, also featured in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup, where they lost to eventual winners, Supersport United.

That experience, of playing the big guns, has spurred them on and has them believing that they are good enough to challenge for all the silverware on offer in the coming campaign.

On Monday, the Limpopo outfit unveiled 16 new signings and their partnership with Clover. Chairman Khurishi Mphahlele made it clear that his side will set the PSL alight and contend for all the cups including the coveted league, currently held by Mamelodi Sundowns.

"We want this to be the season that everyone talks about, when it comes to Baroka FC. We want to win the cups, we want to add value to the great product of the PSL."

Baroka shot to prominence in 2011 when they stunned Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows in the Nedbank Cup, beating both sides 2-1 in respective rounds of the competition.