One of the good attributes of a good farmer is knowing which land to plow and at what particular season to do so, in order to yield the desired results or harvest.
For Athenkosi Dlala, Baroka FC has been that perfect environment, their training grounds a place where he continues to professes his creed and earn the nod from the coaching staff to feature in every match they have played in so far.
Since joining the Limpopo outfit from GladAfrica Championship side University of Pretoria this season, the 23-year-old has since featured in all of Baroka’s four league matches, starting in three and coming in as a substitute in one.
“My dream has always been to move to the so-called small teams in the PSL before I worked towards my other ambition of earning a move to go and play abroad,” Dlala said. “And so far it has been great. I have manifested what I’ve always wanted. I have a good understanding with my teammates and know what they are expecting of me each time we take to the pitch.
“I’m grateful for the matches I’ve played in so far, and I just want to continue getting better and offer more than what I’ve already contributed to the team.”
This past weekend, Bakgaga managed to break away from their back-to-back defeats against Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, following their 1-0 win against Sekhukhune United. Dlala, who came in as a substitute in that match, stated that the team is happy with that result and just want to continue building from that performance.
In their next league fixture, Baroka will travel to KwaZulu-Natal where they’ll lock horns with AmaZulu this afternoon, who are yet to secure their first win in the league this season. That match will take place at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium at 15h00.
Dlala warned that it would not be wise not to take their opponents lightly on the day, adding that they are mostly likely to come at them guns blazing in an attempt of wanting to break away from their winless hoodoo.
“Our intention this season is to break this perception that we are one of those club’s that other teams can easily come and collect points against,” Dlala said. “This will require a great deal of work and dedication from us as players and we all share that same desire to push nothing but positive results this season. The AmaZulu match is not going to be an easy one, however, we will do everything in our power to build from that 1-0 win we produced against Sekhukhune United.”
By Mohau Ramashidja