It was a blessing in disguise – Matlaba


The national Lockdown came at the right time for Black Leopards to take a break away from football and regain their strength, that’s according to paptain Thabo Matlaba.

Leopards are rock bottom on the Absa Premiership log with 6 matches remaining and 3 points below the rest of the bottom 4 clubs.

They had actually also failed to win or collect a single point in their last 4 matches prior to the League being suspended.

“Yeah to be honest yes it (the forced-break) helped us a lot, it was a blessing in disguise to be honest so that we can re-group,” Matlaba told FARPost.

“Now we have time and the coaches have time to fix the team and to stay away from football a little bit because sometimes when you lose too much you need time to stay away from football.

“You need a break so that you can have a clear mind on what you want so I think it gave us good chance because when we go back we know what we want so we will see when the League resumes,” he said.

Leopards are likely to have goalkeepers Jonas Mendes and King Ndlovu back when League restarts as they are both near to full recovery from their respective injuries.

Meanwhile, midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana is a month away from serving his four-month ban by FIFA.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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