Last season’s Premier Soccer League survivors, Baroka FC, have unveiled twelve new signings at Ga-Mphahlele outside Polokwane in Limpopo on Wednesday. The players unveiled include Talent Chawapiwa and former Kaizer Chiefs player Lewis Macha.
The club has retained its status through promotional play-offs after ending the season in second position from the bottom of the log.
After releasing more than 10 players in July, Bakgakga, as Baroka is fondly known, have beefed up its team with 12 new signings.
The new players were unveiled in a ceremony held at the club’s training ground in the rural village of Mphahlele outside Polokwane.
The new players include Gift Motupa, who rejoined the club on loan from Orlando Pirates. The club has also signed former Maritzburg United FC goalkeeper, Virgil Vries, to beef up the goalkeeping department which was exposed for the entire season.
Baroka FC Chairperson Khurishi Mphahlele says they are expecting a better season this time.
“Our signings which we have done this year is proper and we have signed good players. I think this season we will even play better than previous seasons. We are more than ready. Even if the league started yesterday, we could have won the match.”
Seventeen year-old Goodman Mosele has been promoted from Baroka reserve team to senior club. Mosele who is a Grade 12 learner at Kopano High School is amongst the players unveiled by Baroka FC.
He says it is an honour for him to be registered as professional player at his age. “As I’m still young 17-years-old, turning 18, this year is just an honour and I’m ready to work hard for the team, I’m pressured but I’m willing to work hard for the team so that they can at least move forward.”
Limpopo MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Onicca Moloi also attended the unviling of new players by Bakgakga. She says the Department will work closely with clubs to ensure that the stadium is filled during all matches.
“This season for me is very exciting we are starting at a very good note, with energy… we need to increase on mobilisation, we know our province is very vast between ourselves and the team we are able to talk so that we are able to bring all supporters the people of Limpopo to the Polokwane Peter Mokaba stadium so that we are able to fill the stadium every time they play.”
Baroka also celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the achievement of retaining its PSL status. The club will host its first league game against rivals Polokwane City FC in a Polokwane derby next week.