By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
LADY luck is seems to have deserted Sello “Baby-Face” Chokoe who made the name for himself after guiding the SAFA-Limpopo’s Vodacom League side, Baroka FC to the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup last season.
Since relocating to the province of Gold when he joined the Thembisa-based’s National First Division side, Atlie FC, first as the assistant to the late April “Styles” Phumo, then to Kenny Ndlazi before he could be appointed the head coach of the club after the departure of Ndlazi, Chokoe’s good reputation as an aspiring young coach has taken a nose-dive after a string of poor results with the club.
Today Chokoe who dominated headlines last season after his Baroka FC beat the likes of Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs in the early rounds of the Ke Yona Cup watched with disbelieve as his dream to achieve his feat in this competition faded away after his side narrowly lost 1-0 to the competition’s inaugural finalists, Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The fixture were used to determine the eight teams from this division who will join the 16 Premier League clubs and eight sides from the Vodacom League/SAB Regional League in the first round proper starting in early March.
In another match, current NFD’s log leaders University of Pretoria continued their fine form of late as they beat Dynamos 3-1 away from home to seal a last-32 spot.
AmaTuks were finalists in the 2009 version of the Nedbank Cup, but went down 1-0 to Moroka Swallows with a side that included the likes of Andile Jali, Mthokozisi Yende and Phenyo Mongala.
Second-placed Thanda Royal Zulu lost 1-0 away at third-placed Blackburn Rovers in what was arguably the plum tie of the round. Thanda coach Neil Tovey was in charge of AmaZulu when they lost the 2010 Nedbank Cup final to BidVest Wits.
Mpumalanga Black Aces, finalists in 2008 before losing to Mamelodi Sundowns, were also winners on Wednesday as Denis Masina put them into the last 32 with the only goal in a 1-0 win over strugglers Atlie FC.
Witbank Spurs left their NFD woes behind them to thump FC AK 4-1 and advance. Spurs have won just two of their 14 League matches to date but finally found their goal-scoring touch on Wednesday.
Bay United overcame Chippa United 1-0, while Sivutsa Stars were far too strong for Carara Kicks and finished 3-0 winners in their tie.
United FC caused something of a surprise when they won 2-1 after extra time at Vasco da Gama and African Warriors defeated FC Cape Town 2-0 to complete a dismal day for the Mother City teams.-Additional report by Supersport.com