SPARKS will fly when Polokwane City face Baroka FC in an eagerly awaited Absa Premiership Limpopo derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Although Baroka are favourites to win the derby, current form always goes out the window whenever the Limpopo rivals battle it out, as bragging rights are always at stake.

Bakgaga have had a better start to the season than their neighbours, who have yet to win a match this season.

Baroka will approach the match with their heads high, having held Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 draw last week. Rise and Shine, on the other hand, lost their second successive game to champions Mamelodi Sundowns, having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to another local side Black Leopards in their opening game.

Said Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda: “We have a good team which started the season very well and we go into this game with increased confidence. We believe we will win this derby and make our fans happy.

“I like the enthusiasm our supporters have shown – brings joy to me and the players.”

City coach Jozef Vukusic is aware that he cannot afford any more slip-ups as that will put him under more pressure.

Vukusic was brought in to turn City’s fortunes around, replacing Bernard Molekwa who is now his deputy.

Said Vukusic: “We are prepared for this game and still have Friday (today) to finish up our preparations. We know we have yet to win our first league game but we aim to start winning games, starting with this derby.”

Polokwane City captain Jabu Maluleke said they are happy with the strategies implemented by their new coach and were not putting pressure on themselves, as it’s still early in the season.

Thulane Sedibe of Absa in Limpopo said they expect more tickets to be sold today. “Our staff will give away tickets at our Absa offices in Schoeman Street, Polokwane.” he said.