Leopards maul the Citizens

A first half goal by Robert Ng’ambi and a late strike by Lesedi Kapinga gave Black Leopards a much needed 2-1 victory against Cape Town City at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

‘Lidoda Duvha’ came into the match lying second from bottom on the Absa Premiership with just 2 wins. But the win takes them to 12 points from 10 matches.

Lidoda Duvha fans came out in their numbers, as always.

The Citizens on the other hand drop to 13th position with 11 points.

City scored their goal through Bradley Ralani in the 50th minute.

In the other Absa Premiership encounter this afternoon Golden Arrows beat defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns by 3-2.

By Ofhani Munyai

Semenya shifts focus to transport business

After being released by Baroka at the beginning of June, defender Thabiso Semenya has shared his future plans with FARPost.co.za.

The Limpopo-born defender recently trained with Black Leopards for a couple of weeks following the appoitment of head coach Luc Eyamael, but didn’t get a deal.

“I was training with Black Leopards recently after the arrival of coach Luc Eyamael, who called me to train with them.”

Semenya now seems to have shifted focus to his transport business, but still hopes to play competitive football again.

“Right now I’m busy with my transport business and I’m training on my own. If a team comes for me that will be good, but if it doesn’t I’m also okay with that,” he added.

Amahle Siphungu

‘I’m not here to compete with Musonda’

Newly signed Black Leopards striker Thobani Mncwango says he is looking forward to a healthy competition with last season’s top goalscorer, Mwape Musonda.

Mncwango was signed last week alongside former Bidvest Wits teammate, Edwin Gyimah.

Cementing a place in Lidoda Duvha’s side will not come easy for the 29-year-old who will be fighting for a position with Zambian international Musonda, as well as former Zimbabwean international Cuthbert Malajila.

Mncwango says having the three of them is a bonus for Limpopo side.

“My aim here is the team first then Thobani after, so if there is competition then it will be a healthy one and I think it will help the team because for me I’m not here to compete with anyone but I am here to help the team,” Mncwango told FARPost.co.za.

“Yes, they are doing well especially upfront and I think they also signed me because they knew I can add value because the season is long and there are injuries and fatigue and players can be off form so I think the team will be balanced.

“But I am not here to compete with anyone. I think I have a different style of play compared to Musonda and Malajila. But I know for sure all of us we are quality strikers so it’s going to be a good one for the team.”

The former Baroka and Polokwane City striker is in line to make his debut when Lidoda Duvha travel to Pretoria to take on SuperSport United on Friday night.

By Ofhani Munyai

‘I also ask myself why I move clubs a lot’

With a player of his quality, you could be wondering why versatile player Edwin Gyimah has struggled to stay longer at various teams since leaving SuperSport United in 2014.

Aged 28, Gyimah has played for five teams in the last 5 years including a short stint at then Swedish second division side Helsingborg IF.

His loan move to Mpumalanga Black Aces from Matsatsantsa raised eyebrows amongst football fans before the player moved to Orlando Pirates in 2015 and left the Buccaneers two years later.

The Ghanaian who has now been signed by Black Leopards until the end of the current Premier Soccer League season admits he’s also asked himself the same question.

“Sometimes, I even sit down and ask myself what is happening, but you know these teams, these companies they have got their way of buying or recommending players,” Gyimah told FARPost.co.za.

“So, I did understand teams and those who felt like there is no opportunity for me, its not their fault it’s just how things work,” he said.

“If somebody doesn’t want you then you go somewhere so I don’t have any problem with anybody, even if a coach rejected me or whatsoever, I am okay because you never know maybe one day, I might meet that coach again.”

Gyimah has also sent his gratitude to his former coach at Bidvest Wits, Gavin Hunt, whom he says gave him a lifeline upon his return from Sweden.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank Gavin Hunt and the Bidvest Wits team, because when I came back to the country from Sweden they gave me an opportunity so I want to thank him and the club and the players Tyson (Thulani Hlatshwayo) and all the players for accepting me and for being there for me,” he added.

Gyimah arrived in South Africa in 2011 to join SuperSport United but struggled for game time and was sent on loan to Mpumalanga Black Aces (now Cape Town City).

By Ofhani Munyai

Leopards players disobey Eymael

Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael was left fuming after his players disobeyed his instructions in terms of the order of penalties against Highlands Park on Sunday.

Lidoda Duvha lost their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal encounter 6-5 on penalties against the Lions of the North at Makhulong Stadium after playing to a 0-0 draw in regulation time.

But it was not the defeat that left the Belgian mentor upset but the decision by the players to agree amongst themselves for Themba Ndlovu to take a sudden death penalty (which he missed) instead of Lesedi Kapinga as instructed.

“They showed a lot of unity and commitment, but where I am not happy at all is that I put a note for the penalty shootout takers, but I don’t know who came and discussed and changed the order,” Eymael explained.

“Number 6 should have been Kapinga, I don’t know why we put this guy (Themba Ndlovu) because it’s not what I said but I will discuss this with the chairman (David Thidiela) because if they want, they must coach themselves no problem but I am responsible,” said Eymael.

The 2018 Nedbank Cup winner with Free State Stars also did not hide his disappointment with Khuliso Mudau who received a red card for two unnecessary fouls.

“The second yellow card, you are in a part of a pitch where it is not dangerous, and you already have a yellow card and how do you do that? You let your teammates play with 10 players, sometimes 9 because (the players) were cramping at the end. I will solve this issue inside.”

All the Highlands Park penalty takers scored (Tendai Ndoro, Mlungisi Mbunjana, Mothobi Mvala, Peter Shalulile, Luckyboy Mokoena and Sphiwe Msimango).

Themba Ndlovu was the only culprit for Leopards while Mwape Musonda, Pentjie Zulu, Thabiso Mokoena, Dax Andrianarimanana and Chris Katjiukua all converted.

By Ofhani Munyai

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Eymael on his Black Leopards challenges

Having had a Cup success at Free State Stars before, a lot will be expected from Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael as he starts his cup competition journey this afternoon.

Leopards are away to Highlands Park in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout taking place at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa at 3pm.

Eymael who took over from Lionel Soccoia admits his opponents this afternoon will not be a walk in the park.

“We know it’s win or die and we know what we have to do but only God knows what will happen,” Eymael told FARPost.co.za.

“It will be a tough match because Highlands Park are a tough team and they were one of the most spending teams during the transfer period in the league this season because they can put two teams at the same time, but we also have quality players also so yeah its 50/50 before each game,” he said.

Eymael has played down talks of repeating the same success he had at Free State Stars and Polokwane City.

Leopards players were showing a lot of commitment at training this week.

“First of all I have to fix a lot of things here. I have to change the mentally of some of the players.

“Leopards have a very good squad but the mentality that I like is not yet there,” continued the Belgian.

“You know what we saw in the second half against Mamelodi Sundowns (when Leopards lost 2-1 to the Brazilians in their last match), I would like to see that every day and every training session. Unfortunately for some of my boys a training session is a relaxing place or to come spend time. But we are working hard to change that,” he added.

IN THE LAST 8

(Teams that have advanced to the Telkom Knockout Quarterfinals so far)

Maritzburg United
Orlando Pirates
Golden Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs
SuperSport United

By Ofhani Munyai

BREAKING: New signings for Lidoda Duvha

Black Leopards have completed the signing of defender Edwin Gyimah as well as striker Thobani Mncwango.

Both Gyimah and Mncwango have been on trial with Lidoda Duvha for the past few days after being released by Bidvest Wits at the end  of last season.

Both players have signed for until the end of the season with a one-year option.

Ofhani Munyai

Gyimah on trial at Leopards

Ghanaian defender-cum-midfielder Edwin Gyimah is trying his luck at Limpopo side, Black Leopards.

Gyimah, 28, has been without a club since parting ways with Bidvest Wits at the end of last season.

He then went to Highlands Park for an assessment, but wasn’t signed.

Leopards have welcomed a few trialists in recent times.

Thabiso Semenya and Thobani Mncwango are some of the players to train with Lidoda Duvha.

Semenya has since left without being signed.

Ofhani Munyai

Mendes misses out on international duty

While most of the foreign players in SA’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) are away on international duty for their respective nations, Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes has been forced to stay behind.

This comes after his country’s friendly match against Benin was cancelled.

Benin have reportedly cited financial challenges as the reason to cancel the match which was to take place on Sunday at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Benin.

The 29-year-old has been in fine form for Black Leopards and was rewarded with a man of the match against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mendes says he was looking forward to joining the rest of his country mates before he received a call from the association informing him of the cancellation.

“My association told me that Benin cancelled the match so we will no longer be having a game in this FIFA period,” Mendes informed FARPost.co.za.

“The coach (Baciro Cande) also called me telling me that the match was being cancelled. I don’t know why but apparently it was about money or something like that. But I am here I am working hard to be better every day and to do well for the team,” he said.

Mendes, who is also capable of playing as a striker, has been Guinea Bissau’s player of the year five years running. He is also the most capped player for the African wild dogs with 37 appearances.

By Ofhani Munyai