Chiefs, Leopards try reclaim glory

RESOLUTE: Lidoda Duvha's Fernando Matola. 17/01/04. © Unknown.
RESOLUTE: Lidoda Duvha's Fernando Matola. 17/01/04. © Unknown.

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Black Leopards and Kaizer Chiefs are keen to win tomorrow night's Castle Premiership match at Thohoyandou Stadium to soothe their wounds after they were beaten in cup matches last weekend.

But the coaches of the two teams conceded yesterday that the encounter will not be easy for both clubs.

They also stressed that they had put their Telkom Knockout Cup setbacks behind them and were 100 percent focused on tomorrow's clash that starts at 8pm.

Leopards' mentor Mlungisi "Professor" Ngubane was the first to admit that it will be tough to overcome Amakhosi.

But the former ball juggler was quick to emphasise that they had to win, irrespective of who they play.

"I told the players to ensure that we don't drop points at home because it has proved difficult for us [to collect points] when playing away," Ngubane said.

Chiefs' Ernst Middendorp, said Leopards were a good side that will be tough to skin.

"We watched them when they beat SuperSport United [2-1] in the Telkom Knockout Cup in Thohoyandou and I can tell you that they are not just another team in the league," he said.

But the German coach insisted that they had to win in Thohoyandou to better their position on the log.

While Middendorp will have everybody available for this potentially intriguing tie, Ngubane will be without the injured Eric Ramavhale.

But Leopards have been reinforced by the return from suspension of Mozambican defender Fernando Matola and midfielder Teboho Mashaba.

Their rearguard has also been bolstered by the return from injury of Congolese defender Nono Lubanzadio.

In Emmanuel Ngobese, Kaizer Motaung Jr, Siyabonga Nkosi and Rowen Fernandez, Chiefs have enough depth to upset Leopards in front of their fans.