Black Leopards coach Morgan Shivambu has reacted to the club’s relegation to the GladAfrica Championship following a 3-1 defeat by Cape Town City on Wednesday.
Leopards’ demotion was confirmed with one match remaining of the season, as they are now four points below second from bottom Chippa United, with only three points to play for.
This is the third time Lidoda Duvha suffer relegation from the top division since making their debut in the 2000/01 season.
Shivambu who took charge of their last three matches says the relegation has not been easy for everyone associated with the club.
“We just have to take it like it is right now because there is not much we can do,” Shivambu told FARPost.
“We have to adjust and prepare for the first division next season. Everyone who is involved with the team knows that we are going down and the only thing we can do is to prepare for next season.
“The only issue we can say (went wrong) is the way we started the season. I believe if you do well at the beginning of the season and collect points in the first round, second round is not easy to collect points. So our first round wasn’t that good,” admitted Shivambu.
“Everyone was down, the guys were down. We are just encouraging them that yes we are no longer in the PSL but football wise we still have to compete in the first division. We just need to apply our minds and focus on the first division,” he added.
In the 29 league matches played this season, Leopards won five, drew seven and lost 17. They have also conceded the most goals, 46 and scored 22, second least after TTM (19).
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