Black Leopards’ head coach, Mr Kostadin Papic.
With 10 matches remaining before the end of the current DStv Premiership League programme, the race for the league championship and to escape the relegation axe is heating up. Although Black Leopards and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) are lying in the last two positions on the log, the fight for survival is among eight teams.
The teams whose future as affiliates for the DStv Premiership League is uncertain include Black Leopards, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, Maritzburg United, Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Baroka FC, Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs. Lidoda duvha are rooted at the bottom of the log with 13 points, three behind TTM.
Maritzburg United and Chippa United have 17 points each. The fact that a gap of only 10 points exists between the team lying in the ninth position, Kaizer Chiefs, and Black Leopards, is reason enough for all the teams lying in the bottom half to have nightmares. A quick glance at the remaining matches for Black Leopards shows that the Thohoyandou side has a mountain to climb.
Lidoda duvha’s remaining fixtures are: Amazulu (home), Moroka Swallows (away), Stellenbosch FC (home), Supersport United (home), TTM (away), Orlando Pirates (away), Kaizer Chiefs (home), Cape Town City (away), Chippa United (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (home).
Mr Kostadin Papic, Leopards’ head coach, is adamant that his team’s fortunes will change in the remaining fixtures. Black Leopards’ next fixture will be against Amazulu at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday, 4 April.
TTM’s remaining fixtures are: Mamelodi Sundowns (home), TS Galaxy (away), Cape Town City (away), Bloemfontein Celtic (home), Black Leopards (home), Supersport United (away), Baroka FC (away), Chippa United (home) and Orlando Pirates (away).
Mamelodi Sundowns are leading the pack with 40 points. Teams in the hot race for the league title are Mamelodi Sundowns, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Supersport United and Orlando Pirates. The last matches of the season will be played on Saturday, 29 May.
Date:26 March 2021 - 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.