Leopards’ left back, Abel Zulu.

Leopards ready to conquer Cape Town


Cape Town City must not expect an easy victory over Black Leopards if the latter’s performance against Kaizer Chiefs at the Thohoyandou Stadium last Saturday is anything to go by.

Lidoda Duvha will fly to Cape Town today for their Absa Premiership League match against Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium this evening (Friday), starting at 20:00.

Leopards’ performance was impressive in their game against Kaizer Chiefs, with whom they played to a 1-1 draw. Mogakolodi Ngele, the Leopards’ all-rounder, will not be part of the team that will fly to Cape Town today. He was taken off the pitch on a stretcher with a knee injury shortly after scoring the equalizing goal in their game against Kaizer Chiefs.

Lesedi Kapinga, the skilful diminutive striker, is likely to be in the starting line-up in the absence of Ngele.

For Leopards to underestimate Cape Town City would be a suicidal mistake. The team from the mother city registered a victory under the new head coach, Mr Jan Olde Riekerink, when they beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 at the same venue last Saturday evening.

Craig Martin, who scored the opening goal in their game against Bidvest Wits last Saturday, will watch tonight’s game from the grandstand. He was given his marching orders for dangerous play two minutes before the end of the game. The question that remains unanswered is whether the City’s strikers, Kermit Erasmus, Roland Putsche and Thabo Nodada, will have the skills to beat the Leopards’ defenders, Edwin Gyimah, Abel Zulu and Isaac Masia.

A combination of the Leopards’ strikers, Lesedi Kapinga, Mwape Musonda and Lifa Hlongwane, is poised to keep the City’s defenders running for cover from the onset to the end.

The other Absa Premiership weekend fixtures are: SuperSport United vs Chippa United, Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs, Stellenbosch FC vs Polokwane City, Orlando Pirates vs Amazulu and Baroka FC vs Maritzburg United.




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Date:24 January 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu

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.



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