Mduduzi Mdantsane: Baroka banking on international experience to overcome Bidvest Wits in Telkom Knockout Cup

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Mduduzi Mdantsane, Baroka & Andile Jali, Sundowns, November 2018
The winner between Bakgaga and the Clever Boys will face Orlando Pirates in the final next month in Port Elizabeth

Baroka FC midfielder Mduduzi Mdantsane is banking on international experience to overcome Bidvest Wits on Sunday.

The two teams will clash in the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

“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 said on IOL.

Bakgaga have Botswana international duo Mpho Kgaswane and Onkabetse Makgantai, Zimbabwean winger Talent Chawapiwa, Tanzanian defender Abdi Banda, Namibian left-back Ananias Gebhardt and Burundian midfielder Hussein Shabani on their books.

Wits are the defending champions of the Telkom Knockout having defeated Baroka on their way to winning the tournament last year.

“Wits are a big team and they are the defending champions, so they’ll not want to leave things just like that," he continued.

The attacking midfielder believes that they can overcome the Clever Boys if they play their normal game.

“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," he added. 

Bakgaga caused an upset when they defeated a much-fancied Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals.

Mdantsane, who was donning the captain’s armband in the absence of Letladi Madubanya, inspired Baroka to victory over the Brazilians.

“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," he concluded. 

The 23-year-old player scored during Baroka's 2-0 win over Sundowns. 


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