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Bidvest Wits' Thabang Monare focusing on crucial Telkom Knockout clash against Baroka FC

20:33 GMT+4 24/11/2018
Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits
The industrious midfielder remains wary of Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele as they travel to Polokwane to honour their semi-final clash

Bidvest Wits midfielder Thabang Monare says Baroka FC will not be an easy opponent as they prepare to meet them in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Although he declared that their mission is to go all the way to the final and defend their trophy, Monare reaffirms that they are not focusing on the final just yet, but on overcoming Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele.

“It has always been a tough journey for us and we have been playing away games, but we will ensure we continue winning our games,” Monare told Goal.

In their campaign so far, coach Gavin Hunt's men defeated Free State Stars and Maritzburg United in the previous two stages of the competition as they target their second successive final in two seasons.

“Fortunately the numbers have been good for us, we are scoring goals and the guys are fighting hard. It think it will not be an easy match on Sunday as well,” he added.

Baroka are at home and they are in front of their fans, but we will have to fight and reach the next stage. You know they beat Sundowns and are motivated as we all know they have the reputation of being a giant killer,” responded the coach.

“We are a team full of great players and we will have to be prepared for the clash and really work hard against them,” said Monare.

Speaking of defending their trophy, the former Jomo Cosmos midfielder admits that their quest to retain their trophy comes with pressure, but they know how to deal with it.

“Yeah I would not like to think about the final or who has reached the final as yet, but to focus on the game against Baroka,” he continued.

“I think there is pressure on us because this is our trophy. To be honest there is pressure in football, but we need to find a way of dealing with it,” responded the former Ezenkosi midfielder.

“Pressure means you must compete all the time, we need to win things and that comes with pressure. We are ready to defend this trophy and we will keep going with the right approach,” he concluded.