A wiser Ma­sutha and sup­port­ers give Leop­ards a leap

African Times - - Front Page - MASHUDU SADIKE

Af­ter try­ing for the play offs for a fourth con­sec­u­tive time, Coach Joel Ma­sutha’s re­turn to Black Leop­ards FC se­cured the team the last seat in the big boys cluba­gain.

Ma­sutha re-joined Li­doda Du­vha late last year from neigh­bours, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. The move has helped land the team in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) play-offs and now back in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

He says that he has never been more ready for PSL and can­not wait to give his op­po­nents a run for their money, es­pe­cially dur­ing home games.

He added that the team’s sup­port base was their trump card and the team could not af­ford to play well with­out them.

“Our sup­port­ers make things very dif­fi­cult for op­po­nents as you saw in the last match against Jomo Cos­mos, they packed the sta­dium to the rafters. And that will be our secret weapon the PSL,” said Ma­sutha

Speak­ing to African Times Ma­sutha said his chem­istry with the play­ers was the rea­son for their re­union. Leop­ards have clawed their way back into PSL con­tention af­ter find­ing them­selves at the wrong end of the ta­ble in the first half of the sea­son. The Leop­ard’s turn­ing point was when they beat Dur­ban based Real Kings back in March.

How­ever, Ma­sutha con­fesses that it was not a peace­ful stroll on the pitch “Uthon­gathi FC was dif­fi­cult to break. We re­spected Wit­bank Spurs, Cape Town all stars and league win­ner High­lands Park. All these teams gave us a tough time” he said.

“The vic­tory against Real Kings changed our for­tunes in the league last sea­son. You do not go to King Good­will Zwelithini sta­dium and come back alive. But we did it. We did not just win, we also played well which boosted play­ers’ con­fi­dence.

“We had con­fi­dence that we will gain pro­mo­tion this time. If you lis­ten to all my in­ter­views I was con­sis­tent that we will get into the play-offs and win them. I be­lieve in my boys,” he said

Leop­ards join two other Limpopo based sides in the PSL Polok­wane City and Baroka FC to make it a to­tal of three teams from the prov­ince.

“It is good for the prov­ince that we have three teams in the PSL. Gaut­eng has more than that so it should not be a sur­prise,” said the young men­tor.

WWhen asked what strat­egy he was go­ing to fol­low in the PSL he said that they were look­ing into re-en­forc­ing the team.

Coach Joel Ma­sutha

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