Baroka FC coach Vincent Kobola says he is up for a challenge to ensure that the team returns to the South African topflight after they were relegated in the just ended season.
The poor season performance saw Bakgakga ending their six-year stay in the DStv Premiership after gaining promotion in 2015/16 season.
“It was obviously disappointing to be relegated after so many years. However, we are confident that we’ll bounce back. Baroka is a top team, a team of that calibre belongs at the top tier that’s where we should be playing football. Just one bad season cannot write us off,” Kobola told FARPost.
“What will be of importance to make sure we try to keep 50% of our squad. However, it will be hard because no player wants to committee to a NFD team if there is interest from a Premiership side. We’ve already lost [Denwin] Farmer to Sekhukhune United, but I’m confident with the players we have that we got all it takes fulfil out set goals and objectives.”
“We are definitely going to make some reinforcement to our squad. Our target market will be on GladAfrica Championship and ABC Motsepe League, especially players who did well in the just ended season.”
The former Maritzburg United assistant coach further revealed that his main focus is at Baroka, despite his former club [Maritzburg] still searching for coach after the dismissal of Ernst Middendorp.
“I’m content at Baroka, I want to experience the challenge I’m facing. The Board and Chairman have trust and faith in me that I’m the right man for the job. Also I got the backing of the players,” he concluded.