Malawi national football team midfielder Gerald Phiri Jnr and striker Richard Mbulu are hoping to inspire South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Baroka FC to win the Nedbank Cup to qualify for Caf Confederation Cup.
The Malawian pair will face compatriot John Maduka’s side, Bloemfontein Celtic, in the semifinal of the Nedbank Cup.
Football is expected to restart in South Africa on August 1 having been on suspension following Covid-19 pandemic.
Both Phiri Jnr and Mbulu’s are hoping to help Baroka emulate its 2018 exploits when the side won the Telkom Knockout.
Phiri Jnr said he was eager to help his side to reach the final.
“I am so excited that we will play in the semifinal of Nedbank Cup next month. When we came here last year we found that our colleagues won the Telkom Knockout Cup in 2018. It is everyone’s dream to lift a trophy so it’s important to win this cup because it will motivate players to do better next season. Should we win this cup it is obvious that we will play in Caf,” said the former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder.
On his part, Mbulu said he intends to regain his position in the starting line up.
“Personally my season has been okay. My aim is to play in the remaining games and help the team to save its Premier Soccer League status and also win the Nedbank Cup,” he said.
If Baroka defeats Celtic in the semifinal the side will face the winner of Sundowns and Bidvest Wits clash. Baroka reached the semifinal having defeated Malawi’s veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi’s side Black Leopards in the quarterfinals.