Leopards players disobey Eymael

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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

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