Leopards in corner

IT'S all or nothing for Black Leopards and Mpumalanga Black Aces when they meet in the last-gasp effort to earn promotion to the Absa Premiership.

IT'S all or nothing for Black Leopards and Mpumalanga Black Aces when they meet in the last-gasp effort to earn promotion to the Absa Premiership.

The game will take place at Thohoyandou's Tshifulanani Stadium on Saturday.

Leopards and AmaZayoni's clash is the final leg of the playoffs. Kickoff is at 3.30pm.

Leopards are not impressive on the road and it will be suicidal for them not to win at home, where they will be spurred on by their loyalists.

Leopards qualified for the playoff final after beating African Warriors in the second leg of the semifinals of the playoffs at Charles Mopeli last week.

Warriors gave them a scare and were unlucky not overturn a 0-4 defeat in Thohoyandou in the first leg. They led 3-0 at one stage before Leopards pulled back two goals for a 6-3 aggregate win.

Aces were also not impressive at home against the unfancied Nathi Lions, with the National First Division campaigners holding them to a 2-all draw in the first leg of the semifinals. But Aces' experience paid off in the second leg in Durban, which they won 2-0 .

Aces qualified for the playoffs after finishing second-to- last on the Premiership log, while Jomo Cosmos were relegated straight to the lower division after finishing last.

Lidoda Duvha have quality players Patrick Mtawali, Mongezi Bobe and Fisher Kondowe while Aces have Vusiwe Masondo, Jeffrey Makoti and Lindokuhle Mbatha to unsettle the hosts.

Mpho Maleka selects himself to lead the visitors' attack based on his recent appetite for goals. He struck the second goal against Lions in Durban after scoring a brace at home in the first leg of the semis. On paper Aces look the favourites to win.

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