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Baroka FC leapfrog Kaizer Chiefs

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IN MIXED FORTUNES—Phiri Junior

South Africa DStv Premiership side Baroka FC leapfrogged giants Kaizer Chiefs into eighth place on the standings with a 2-1 win over Limpopo rivals Black Leopards on Saturday evening.

Baroka have Malawi National Football Team players Richard Mbulu and Gerald Phiri Junior.

Phiri did not start the match after making it into the first 11 in a 0-2 loss to defending champions and league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.

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Mbulu remains on the sidelines after injuring his ankle in a Nedbank Cup round-of-32 match against Cape Town Spurs on February 8.

Baroka were booted out of the competition following a 4-5 post-match penalty loss after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time.

Baroka Coach Thoka Matsimela felt Phiri Junior did not do enough against Sundowns to deserve a starting place and replaced him with Phelelani Shozi.

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Others who were recalled are shot-stopper Oscarine Masuluke and Thamsanqa Masiya.

According to soccerladuma.co.za, Baroka and Leopards were going at each other in the early stages with no clear chances created.

Kgodiso Monama got an opportunity to break the ice for Matsimela’s charges in the 35th minute after receiving a cross inside the box but his effort towards the bottom corner could not get the better of goalkeeper Rotshidzwa Muleka.

Baroka started the second half like a house on fire and were rewarded in the 60th minute when Kenneth Nthatheni deflected Goodman Mosele’s shot into his own net.

Five minutes later, Joslin Kamatuka doubled the lead for Baroka as he hammered the ball into the bottom corner of the net from a quick counter-attack.

“Nthatheni redeemed himself and gave Leopards hope of at least salvaging a point after pulling a goal back in the last seven minutes but Baroka held on to a 2-1 win that saw them leapfrog Chiefs while Lidoda Duvha lost their fifth straight match in the league,” reads a soccerladuma.co.za report.

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