Leopards’ all-rounder, Thabo Matlaba.

Leopards and City in Limpopo derby

 

Polokwane’s new Peter Mokaba Stadium will be the best place to be for soccer fans on Sunday afternoon. That is where the much-awaited Absa Premiership League match between Black Leopards and Polokwane City will take place.

Things are not going according to plan in either Leopards’ or City’s camp as both are fighting for survival.

Polokwane City started the season on a high note, but their performance deteriorated with time until they dropped into the relegation zone. Polokwane City, or Rise and Shine as they are affectionately called, were one of the league title favourites at one stage. City are now lying in the second-last position on the log with 20 points.

The spirit is high in City’s camp after they collected the maximum points against Cape Town City, whom they beat 3-2 at the same venue two weeks ago. Leopards must keep an eagle’s eye on City’s goal poachers, Eden Nene, Jabulani Maluleke, Mpambaniso Monde and Mohammed Anas, or else they will leave the stadium with their tails between the legs.  

Abel Zulu, the Leopards’ left back, will be available for selection on Sunday. Zulu missed the team’s Nedbank Cup match against Amavarara FC last Friday because of suspension after accumulating four yellow cards in previous matches. Joseph Douhadji, the Leopards’ new signee, is likely to be in the starting line-up for the first time in a league game on Sunday.

Should he be part of the line-up on Sunday, Douhadji, together with Abel Zulu, Thabo Matlaba and Edwin Gyimah, will try to ensure that their danger area is always clean. Leopards are perched in the third position from the bottom of the log.

The other weekend fixtures are: Maritzburg United vs Stellenbosch FC, Lamontville Golden Arrows vs Highlands Park, Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United vs Amazulu, SuperSport United vs Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City vs Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic vs Baroka FC. 

 

 

Polokwane City’s midfielder, Mpambaniso Monde.

 

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Date:28 February 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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