Khuliso Mudau of Leopards (left) kicks the ball while James Keene of SuperSport is ready to intercept.
Whoever thinks that the players of Black Leopards are of poor quality and that the team’s management must overhaul the current squad, must rethink the matter.
This is the opinion of the club’s chairman, Mr David Thidiela.
Thidiela commented after the team’s 2-0 victory over SuperSport United in their Absa Premiership League game at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
He stated that so many people from different walks of life approached him over the past months to share their frustrations and concerns about the team’s performance. According to Thidiela, some of the people told him that he should have dumped most of the players who were part of last season’s squad.
He further revealed that the other callers went to the extent of advising him to go all out to the market to buy quality players when the transfer window opened at the beginning of this month.
Thidiela stated that his response to all the callers was that there was nothing wrong with the players, saying the boys had all the qualities of professional players. He said that the very same people had changed their tune, following the team’s recent impressive performances.
According to him, the team’s performance had changed dramatically after the appointment of Mr Dylan Kerr as head coach early last month. Lidoda Duvha have collected 10 points from the four matches they have played under the guidance of Mr Kerr.
Asked whether his utterances were a way to blame the team’s former head coach, Mr Joel Masutha, for the team’s poor performance in their first 10 league matches, Thidiela was quick to mention that he was not pointing fingers at anyone. He said that all he was doing was to show people the importance of having a knowledgeable coach.
Last Saturday’s victory over SuperSport United was a precious birthday gift for Coach Kerr. He was celebrating his 52nd birthday on Monday.
Mwape Musonda scored a brace against SuperSport United. His opening goal was scored from the penalty spot, while the second one came in the 85th minute, following a great pass from Khuliso Mudau. Khuliso Mudau was nominated Man of the Match.
Date:17 January 2019 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.