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Baroka to draw on their continental experience

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Talent Chawapiwa, was also in action for Zimbabwe in Afcon qualifiers.

Mduduzi Mdantsane of Baroka during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Supersport United and Baroka FC at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on 12 May 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Baroka FC midfilder Mduduzi Mdantsane is banking on their international players to off-load their continental experience from the past two weeks to club level when they face Bidvest Wits in a Telkom Knockout semi-final at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

In the last 10 days, Bakgaga’s best player so far this season, Talent Chawapiwa, was also in action for Zimbabwe in Afcon qualifiers.

“We’ve prepared well and I know that those guys that went on national duty will come back with the experience and help us in the next game,” Mdantsane (pictured) said.

“Wits are a big team and they are the defending champions, so they’ll not want to leave things just like that. It will be a tough match for us but we don’t want to put ourselves under pressure, so we’ll go out there to play our normal game.”

While still campaigning in the Vodacom League – now known as the ABC Motsepe League – Bakgaga pulled off their first big upset as they knocked Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals.

Seven seasons later, they stunned eight-time Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the TKO quarters. That victory was inspired by Mdantsane (23) who donned the captain’s armband in the absence of Letladi Madubanya.

“It was a great opportunity for me because I had to grab it with both (hands) and not disappoint,” he said. “It was good for me and the team because they’ve been supporting me.”