04/17/2012 1:31 AM
- It hasn’t been one of the best seasons for Black Leopards one would agree. From becoming champions of the National First Division to fighting relegation all season long.
The transformation from a lower league to an elite league is not as easy as it may seem. This means a change of scenery from the opponents to the atmosphere alike. That is exactly what Lidoda Duvha had to deal with: a change in sponsorship, a change of the home ground and level of competency.
All the factors mentioned have made it difficult for the Limpopo side to cope in the PSL as they suffered defeat more than expected. They began with losses to Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtics but were able to win at least one match against Golden Arrows which saw them occupy position 13 in the log.
From there on their bad run landed them in the bottom of the log for most of the season only changing between the 15th and 16th positions with Jomo Cosmos. But all was not lost as the champion spirit in the Lidoda Duvha side erupted out in critical time.
Leopards have been more than successful in their run in the CAF Confederations where even the power houses of the PSL (Orlando Pirates) failed. That winning mentality saw them compete impressively in the Nedbank Cup until they were knocked out by Kaizer Chiefs. In much effort they took the form and applied it in the league run and to no surprise the wins started rolling in.
Wins over the likes of Supersport United, Maritzburg United, Santos and Kaizer Chiefs saw Black Leopards collect valuable points to climb out of the relegation zone and they now possess the 14th spot tied with both Wits and Maritburg United on 26 points, 6 points away from relegation threatened Santos.
The show of character from this team is next to none and they deserve a standing ovation. The team seems to be in good spirit and are willing to continue to fight to better their position in the league with just 6 games remaining. They take on Free State Stars on their next fixture with high hopes, quality football and the fans on their corner.