ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
ZAMBIAN striker Lewis Macha on Saturday opened his account for South African premiership side Baroka after bagging a brace in the 2-0 win
over champions Bidvest Wits in the pre-season tournament.
And Macha is targeting scoring ten goals for Baroka this season.
Baroka also defeated Platinum Stars by the same margin line with goals by Lucky Nguzana and Robin Ngalande.
Macha joined Baroka on a two-year deal three weeks ago after he was released by Kaizer Chiefs.
He failed to make an impact at Amakhosi with his only goal coming during last season’s Carling Black Label Cup final against Orlando Pirates.
“In football, you need to face challenges. If the boss says you need to leave, there is nothing you can do. You find another team and you do your best and prove other people wrong,” Macha told KickOff.com.
At Chiefs, Macha was unable to get ahead of players like Bernard Parker, Michelle Katsvairo and Gustavo Paez, who joined Amakhosi in the second half of the season and showed he has potential to lead the attack.
“You know Chiefs is a big team. If you are doing well at Chiefs, then it is a dream come true. Unfortunately, it was not my season last season. I played in the Black Label after I came on as a substitute. I played against Wits [first league game of the season] and then I played 90 minutes against Cape Town City [MTN8].
“After that game, I went to the national team and got injured. I came back and I stayed out for nine to 10 games. And at the time I got injured, I was in form and I wanted to show people my talent. When you are injured, when you come back it’s quite difficult,” he said.
Macha, 25, is determined to impress coach Kgoloko Thobejane.
Macha is enjoying his time at Baroka so far, but admits there is a big difference two what he experienced at Chiefs.
“Everything is going well. You can go anywhere in football, but you need to adjust to it and do your work. I don’t need to think of Johannesburg. Work is work, so there is nothing I can do.
“Chiefs is a big team in South Africa, so you can compare them to Baroka. Even when it comes to professionalism, Chiefs is better. But the most important thing is that we want to achieve. We understand each other as players and the coaches are guiding us. We want to try finish in the top eight,” he said.