Eymael: Fans were sleeping in the first half

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Black Leopards coach Luc Eymael feels the home fans at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday night did not come to the party for the team.

Lidoda Duvha hosted Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match and emerged with a hard fought 2-1 victory.

Unlike in most games that take place at the 25 000 capacity precinct, the stadium was visibly half empty during the first half but surprisingly almost full towards the end of the match.

Eymael has called on the Leopards faithful to play their role as the players are also playing theirs.

“First of all it was very hot so the fans didn’t come in numbers at the beginning of the game. The fans impose a positive spirit to us with the passing game but I think the fans were a bit sleeping in the first half, yes when we equalised they were there and they pushed us,” stated the Belgian.

Eymael was happy to see his players bounce back in the second half.

“But two, three or four times when we missed chances I turned to the stands because I like exciting them to support us more you know.

“They have to support us more it’s not only when we score… if you see the Premier League in England when they make a tackle the fans are there you know it’s not only when you score but okay,” he said.

“I don’t know… the fans came after 40 minutes or after half time, but yeah they are our 12th man and it’s very important you know when you see Liverpool, Man City – it’s fantastic, so they have to play their role also because we are also trying our best.”

Leopards boast one of the best support in the League and it was evident during the 2018/19 season where they sold out most of their home matches.

By Ofhani Munyai

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