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Bakgaga shooter Evidence Makgopa appears to be on the rise, scoring nine goals in his last 24 appearances for the Limpopo-based club
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi spoke enthusiastically about the Baroka FC players.
Sundowns beat Baroka 2-0 in a league game at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday night to open a five-point gap over second-placed SuperSport United.
Masandawana, however, did not do things his way and failed to break through Baroka’s defense in the first half – it took two goals in five minutes midway through the seconds stage from Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile to get the victory of the giants of Tshwane.
And if Limpopo had been more clinical in front of goal, they might as well have gotten something out of the game.
Mngqithi admits that the visitors made his team work hard for the win and he was impressed by some of the individual performances.
“It is always difficult against Baroka. And for whatever reason, when we play against them here at home, they always give us a very difficult time, ”the Downs coach said during his post-game interview at SuperSport TELEVISION.
“Your transitions can be very dangerous with [Nhlanhla] Mgaga, [Thamsanqa] Masiya and the young man [Evidence] Makgopa, you see what a handful it is. Aerial, he wants to win almost everything, and he is the right specimen. They are also very fast, but also very tall, which gives them a bit of an advantage. “
Makgopa is the youngest of the three at just 20 years old, and Baroka is the only professional club he has played for.
Masiya, 24, was previously with Swallows FC and Mbombela United, while Mgaga, also 24, spent two seasons with TTM before joining Baroka prior to last season.
Makgopa has scored an impressive five league goals in 14 games this term and will likely be on the radar of some of the bigger clubs. Last season he only played eight league games, but still managed four goals.
Mgaga and Masiya have each scored once in the league this season.
The result left Bakgaga in 10th place in the table, with 17 points and they are eight from the relegation zone. Now winless in their last five games in all competitions since defeating Stellenbosch, they face Black Leopards in a derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.