Leopards chairman's wife recently passed away

Gyimah dedicates win over Bucs to Thidiela

Edwin Gyimah of Black Leopards challenges Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates.
Edwin Gyimah of Black Leopards challenges Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates.
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Black Leopards star Edwin Gyimah dedicated his team's victory over Orlando Pirates in their DStv Premiership encounter to chairman David Thidiela.

Lidoda Duvha stunned the Soweto giants 2-0 at Thohoyandou Stadium at the weekend to record their second league win of the season. But the Ghanaian footballer, who won the man-of-the-match award against his former team, said they did it for their chairman.

Thidiela's wife Dorothea Ramunenyiwa-Thidiela passed away two weeks ago.

Gyimah said the players understand what the chairman is going through as they dedicated the win to him. Thidiela watched the game from the stands, and he had a broad smile as his boys made him proud on the day.

Lidoda Duvha are now hoping to make it back-to-back home wins when they play against Cape Town City at the same venue tomorrow at 5pm.

 An own goal by Innocent Maela and a strike by Rodrick Kabwe helped the Limpopo-based side win a league game against Pirates for the first time in 19 matches. "We played as a unit and deserved to win. We had a meeting with the chairman on Saturday and understood what he wanted us to do. We all know that he is going through a difficult time, and we dedicate this win to the chairman. I think that the win made him happy," said Gyimah.

The 29-year-old said he is hoping that the win is the beginning of good things to come for the Venda-based outfit. " Even the games that we lost, we have been playing well. We were committing small mistakes, but we have a lot of quality in the team and we hope that we will turn the corner and start to win games.

"The team is improving, and we hope to register another win in the next game. We want to make the chairman proud. We have the players that can produce results here," said a jubilant Gyimah. 

The well-travelled defender said he has nothing against his former team Pirates, but he was determined to help Leopards to collect the three points. "I have a contract with Leopards, and I wanted to make sure that we win the game. I have nothing against my former team. I enjoyed the game and would have done anything to make sure that we win this one."

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