Baroka FC emerged 4-0 victorious over Black Leopards in the Motsepe Foundation Championship Limpopo derby in Lebowakgomo on Sunday. It was a second win for coach Dan Malesela who has been in charge for three matches so far.

All four goals were scored in the second half via Kabelo Kgositsile, Dan Ndlovu, Siyabonga Mtombeni, and Khomotjo Lekoloane. The win takes Baroka to position eight on the log standings with 10 points, nine behind leaders Orbit College.

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“I think what is good is the instructions that we gave at halftime,” said Malesela after the match.

“Also what the substitutions took from what we said even on the field, coupled with what was said at halftime,” he said after three of the goals came from the substitutions.

“The response was very good and we need to keep this going. When you score four goals in the third match, you then hope that it will raise a level of confidence.”

 Baroka FC outclass Black Leopards in Motsepe Foundation Championship Limpopo derby
Baroka FC players celebrate a fourth goal against Black Leopards in Lebowakgomo


Leopards on the other hand are at position number 13 with seven points from their eight matches. Assistant coach Solly Luvhengo is optimistic that it’s just a matter of time before the fortunes change at the club.

“As a coach, I can’t concentrate much on the defeat, we have a job to do but we must look at the holistic performance,” said Luvhengo.

“The first goal killed us because it was a mistake at the back. We will take the defeat but I think we were supposed to correct the mistakes. We were bad but we are not falling bad.”


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Baroka FC have confirmed the appointment of well-traveled coach Dan Malesela as their new head coach. Malesela takes over from Stanford Nkoane who was fired from his post this past weekend.

Nkoane, who hails from Ga-Mphahlele was sacked after a poor start to the new season.

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Baroka, a former DStv Premiership club, have had a terrible start to their season. They have only collected three points in their opening five matches.

Malesela was unveiled during a media briefing held at the club’s Village in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo on Monday.

“We are serious about this business and we don’t have time to play. He is an experienced man and I trust him,” said club boss Khurishi Mphahlele.

“He is going to be with us until the end of the season. Hopefully when we go to the DStv Premiership. Our aim is to go to the DStv Premiership, that’s why we have a man like Dan Malesela here to sign with us.

“Personally I am a fan of Dan Malesela and it has been my dream to have him here one day. I have tried so many times. He knows that he can come here but we were not lucky all the time. This time around we were lucky that he is here today and I am so happy,” he said.

  Limpopo club Baroka FC appoint Dan Malesela as new coach
Dan Malesela at Baroka Village


The 58-year-old Malesela told the media that he has always been a fan of Baroka and their vision.

“I was fortunate sometimes when I was with the other team [Marumo Gallants], I was driving with the technical team. So I said I was interested in seeing the Village.

“I came in and I was fortunate the chairman was here and I was highly impressed with what I saw. Something kept bugging me as to why this team would be playing in the first division. With this facility and everything that is here, this is like a dream for many clubs, even those in the DStv Premiership,” said a delighted Malesela.

“In the back of my mind, I said maybe one day things will happen that I can help this club. Here it is, let’s see.”

The coach is expected to be on the bench when Baroka welcomes Upington City in Lebowakgomo on Wednesday.

Motsepe Foundation Championship club Baroka FC spent their Mandela Day on Tuesday with recovering drug addicts in Seshego Zone 3, outside Polokwane. The club was led by its Chairman Mr Khurishi Mphahlele and CEO Richard Mashabane.

Amongst other things, the PSL side shared words of encouragement with the patients from Ladgag Rehabilitation Center. They also presented them with club jerseys and soccer balls.


“Our role is to motivate and give them hope. They must feel that they are important and the society as well,” club boss Mphahlele told Limpopo Chronicle.

“It means a lot to us because Mandela was our icon. So to do this for Mandela we feel very proud and honoured.”

Baroka FC spend Mandela Day with recovering drug addicts in Seshego
Recovering drug addicts at Mandela Day

The club is set to have an official media briefing to unveil new signings as well as the departures. They have already lost long-serving Goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke who has joined Stellenbosch. Defender and academy graduate Basil Mphahlele has also been signed by Stellies.


Baroka have made reinforcements within the technical team. Former Mpheni Home Defenders assistant coach Amukelani Hlungwani is the second in charge under Stanford Nkoane.

This will be the second season the club plays their matches at the Global Village in Leboho following their relegation.