Vincent Kobola Appointed Permanent Manager of Baroka FC As Bakgakga Prepare for GladAfrica Championship

Vincent Kobola Appointed Permanent Manager of Baroka FC As Bakgakga Prepare for GladAfrica Championship

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:03 PM
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  • Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele confirmed that Vincent Kobola will be handed the reigns of the club for the new season
  • Vincent Kobola took over from Kgoloko Thobejane with four games to go off the DStv Premiership season
  • Vincent Kobola said that everyone at Baroka FC needed to take responsibility for the club being relegated

Baroka FC will compete in the GladAfrica Championship next season but have retained faith in Vincent Kobola.

Kobola took over from Kgoloko Thobejane with the team floundering in the relegation zone and almost saved them from going down.

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Vincent Kobola has been appointed as the permanent manager of Baroka FC. Kobola replaced Kgoloko Thobejane with four games to go in the previous season. @nweretinews/ @Baroka_FC
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Baroka FC chairman Khurishi Mphahlele confirmed that they will stick with Kobola for the upcoming season, Soccer Laduma reported.

"Kobola will be our coach. I think he can do better. He showed us some promising signs towards the end of the season. He collected seven points in four games, so he showed us that he can do better for us next season," he said.

Following their relegation, Kobola said that everyone in the team needed to shoulder the blame for the club going down, Times LIVE reported.

“For me it was a disappointing season, the boys started playing now in the last four games and I kept asking myself where they were all along?”

Kobola was only in charge for the final four games but made a huge impact while in charge.

“I think the players lacked motivation. Me as well, coming in the last four games, it was a big ask but I took the challenge because as someone who was a player before, I know players. I know where to press the button and where to manipulate,” Kobola added.

Kgoloko Thobejane becomes fifth coach to lose his job this year, Baroka FC demote him to Diski Challenge side

As the DStv Premiership season nears its end, pressure is mounting on coaches whose sides are not performing. Kgoloko Thobejane is the latest coach to fall victim to the mounting pressure as Baroka FC have decided to demote him.

Thobejane has been demoted to the club’s Diski Challenge side, where he will take over as head coach, The Citizen reports. The club also confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, noting who Thobejane would be replaced by.

During his 19 games in charge of Baroka, Thobejane achieved four wins, four draws and 11 losses.

DStv Premiership report: Baroka FC relegated as Moroka Swallows forced into relegation promotion play offs

Baroka FC have been relegated from the DStv Premiership after a season of disappointment. Needing nothing but a victory plus other results to go their way, Bakgaga ba Mphahlele failed to rise to the occasion against Maritzburg United in KwaZulu-Natal.

Clayton Daniels' 55th-minute goal was the difference between the sides in terrible weather conditions at the Harry Gwala Stadium as the People's Team walked away 1-0 winners.

Swallows, who finished 15th, will have to go through the trials and tribulations of the promotion-relegation play-offs mini-tournament against University of Pretoria Cape Town All Stars.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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