NFD Focus: More In The Mind Than Anything Else
In this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 865, Baroka FC head coach, Malose 'Sello' Chokoe, talks to Soccer Laduma's Peter Raath about his team's chances of promotion. He also discusses star players, mental issues and logistics - with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.
Sello Chokoe has turned Baroka FC into a formiddable side in the NFD this season, and looks set for a play-off spot when the curtain comes down on the 2013/14 season.
He has admitted of his ambitions for top-flight football next season saying:
"Yes, definitely. We just have to keep our heads up and remain focused. If we continue playing like we have been, anything is possible. There's been a lot of improvement in the second round. What I like is that nobody gave us a chance. What we've been building through the years is now bearing fruit."
The Bakgaga mentor has also gone to single out one of his younger players who's been a revelation to the squad this season.
"What stands out about Gift Motupa is that he plays according to instructions. The 19-year-old with eight goals in our opening 23 games has been working hard. Some time ago we heard rumours that Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars were interested in him, but there has not been an approach by either of the teams."
Posed if the mental aspect plays an integral part in his set-up, the former Atlie FC man said.
"My belief in football is that it is sixty percent mentality because it's only the mind that'll actually decide how much pressure one feels. Before a match it's important to ask players how motivated they are and if they are confident. Yes, tactics here and there do contribute to victories, but a team which is better prepared mentally has far more chance of victory."
Chokoe also believes that things in the NFD 'has become difficult' since the PSL is no longer in charge of the National First Division.
"When is was at Atlie FC, during the time when the PSL was in charge of NFD travelling arrangements and accomodation, it was easier. They made sure to book better hotels, where players could eat proper dinners and pre-match meals. But since that aspect is no longer catered for, the situation has become difficult."
To read Chokoe's full interview, check out edition 865 of Soccer Laduma on shelves now, page 18, with the NFD Focus brought to you by Lucky Star.