Matome Mabeba of Baroka FC celebrates his goal during the 2018 Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Baroka FC and Bidvest Wits at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 25 November 2018 ©Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix
Sunday Nov 25, 2018. 17:25
Baroka FC will face Orlando Pirates in the 2018 Telkom Knockout final following a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon.
Matome Mabeba scored the only goal of the semifinal showdown in the Limpopo province, as Bakgaga booked their spot in what will be their first ever final appearance as they now turn their attention to winning what will duly be a first top-flight title.
Bakgaga got off to the perfect start in front of their home fans and hit the front with eight minute on the clock.
Mabeba's thunderbolt free-kick proved too powerful for Darren Keet who had no chance as the hosts powered into an early lead.
Bidvest Wits' best chance of the half fell to Cole Alexander mere seconds later with the impressive Elvis Chipezeze alert to keep out he midfielder's header following an attack straight from the ensuing kick-off.
The game continued to ebb and flow with both teams squandering gilt-edged chances throughout the clash.
Baroka captain Mduduzi Mdantsane should've put the game to bed in the 75th minute, but fired wide with the goal at his mercy while Gift Motupa, Lehlohonolo Nonyane and Simon Murray were guilty of missing chances for the Clever Boys.
Baroka hit the woodwork through Ranga Chivaviro with the final kick of the game on a day where there should've been more than one goal, but it mattered little in terms of the result as the Limpopo side continue their fairytale run in the competition.
Baroka FC (1) 1 (Mabeba 8')
Bidvest Wits (0)
Baroka FC: Chipezeze; Semenya, Sibiya, Makume, Gebhardt, Mdantsane, Sodi (Kgoetyane 82'), Mosele, Mabeba, Chawaphiwa (Madubanya 82'), Dickens (Chivaviro 66').
Bidvest Wits: Keet; Mere, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Nonyane, Monare (Hlanti 70'), Alexander, Domingo, Hotto (Motupa 46'), Dzvukamanja, Macuphu (Murray 68').