Black Leopards’ midfielder, Selby Rapatsa. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
With the GladAfrica Championship League activities for the new season starting this weekend, Black Leopards have reason to believe that they have what it takes to gain promotion to the DStv Premiership Division, come end of the season.
Although most of the players who were part of their squad for last season had been released, the club’s spokesperson, Divhambele “Mr MC” Mbalavhali, is adamant that the team will go places with the players who are currently in their showroom.
According to him, three of the 27 players who will be parading in the Leopards’ colours this season are goalkeepers. Mbalavhali revealed that the three players who will be competing for the goalkeeping position are Rotshidzwa Muleka, Mlungisi Mazibuko and Emmanuel Makinita.
The 10 players who will be making sure that the team’s danger area is always clean are Ethen Sampson, Andiswa Ndawonde, Tsepo Matsimbi, Kenneth Nthatheni, Isaac Masia, Ntlakuso Rikhotso, Lucious Ndou, Mashoene Tsheamo, Luthande Khumalo and Percy Makgopa. The midfielders are Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Lehlohonolo Masalesa, Mumuni Abubakar, Wiseman Maluleke, Tiklas Thuthwa, Lethabo Mathaba, Donald Makgetwa, Sanele Mathenjwa, Selby Rapatsa, Leso Maphuthi, Lebohang Sentsho and Boldwin Palmer.
Lidoda duvha have only two strikers on their books. The two strikers on whom the Thohoyandou side will pin their hopes for goals this season are Linda Bhengu and Daniel Gozar.
According to Mr Mbalavhali, the recent appointment of Mr Lucky “King Mchichwa” Nelukau to the position of the team’s head coach was a major boost to the club’s technical department. Mr Nelukau is being assisted by Mr Morgan Shivambu and Mr Mongezi Bobe.
Black Leopards will host Polokwane City in their opening league match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Date:20 August 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.