Baroka bow out of cup
The fairytale South African FA Cup run of third-division Baroka came to an end today when they fell 3-1 on penalties to Black Leopards in the semi-finals.
Baroka led and trailed during a 2-2 draw after extra time at Peter Mokaba Stadium in the northern city of Polokwane, before their inexperience was brutally exposed when it came to post-match spot-kicks.
The village footballers fired two penalties over and another wide and scored just once, while the more composed players of second-division Leopards converted three of four attempts to book a 28 May final showdown with Orlando Pirates.
Sello Chokoe was transformed from a virtually unknown 28-year-old coach into a national media celebrity as he guided Baroka past Premiership clubs Moroka Swallows and 12-time cup winners Kaizer Chiefs.
"There is disappointment at the loss, but pride at reaching the semi-finals," said the man dubbed 'The Gloved One' because he wears a well worn grey glove on his right hand during matches.
Chokoe, who has never played top-class football, repeatedly dismissed media and public claims that the glove contained muti (traditional magic), saying he used it to wipe away perspiration.
Thobani Mncwango converted an 11th-minute penalty for Baroka, Nkosiyabo Xakane levelled five minutes into the second half, Rodney Ramagalela nodded Leopards ahead on 110 minutes and Khunadi Nkoana equalised 60 seconds later.