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18/05/2008 15:00

Fischer Kondowe's team have a tough road ahead.

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Leopards into the play-offs despite beating Chiefs

Posted: 18 May 2008 Time: 18:25

Try as they might, Black Leopards couldn’t get the three goals they needed to give themselves a chance of survival in the Premier League.

Although they beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 on Sunday, the Limpopo side – who were playing without their coach Sheppard Murape who was fired yesterday – still ended up in 15th place thanks to Thanda Royal Zulu’s 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos.

Going into the final minute of the season, Thanda were 0-0 with Cosmos meaning that one more goal by Leopards would have seen the two teams tied on level points, with the same goal difference but Leopards superior on goals scored. But Thanda scored in extra time to win 1-0.

But all is not lost for the Thohoyandou-based side as they now go into the play offs and on current form should be too strong for the teams from the Mvela league.

Chiefs started the game brightly, but were handed a harsh decision in the 17th minute when young star keeper Itumeleng Khune was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the box, and red-carded.

With Amakhosi down to ten men, Leopards found motivation, and were all over Chiefs and dominated the game.

It was a game of missed chances, as both sides had their fair share of goal-scoring opportunities, but Leopards deservedly took the lead on the stroke of halftime when David Makgale scored from a Mulondo Sikhwivhilu cross.

It proved an tense and entertaining affair in the second half as news kept on filtering through from the Thanda/Cosmos game, but at the final whistle it was clear to the Leopards players and staff that their status in the Absa Premiership now depends on a successful run in the play-offs.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
Khune won't play in the top 8
Anonymous
posted: 07:09 am
Sipho: It's not a trainsmash, we still have Baron, Major Bright and his troops'd had better prepared, we mean business!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:51 am
where is that moron 5+1-0=000000zero mahero,stupid you must be shitting in your pants or g string morphy.You will not have anything to say today because you did not believe what happenned yesterday big head .You must learn to shut your filthy stinking mouth.Soccer is cruel
Anonymous
posted: 08:04 am
Sipho, which top8? Are a soccer fan? Top won't contested next season
Anonymous
posted: 08:10 am
Samuel: bra sam u'r stupid my friend what r u talking about??
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:30 am
Proffesor : 2008-05-16 16:16

What Thidiela told the newspapers TODAY!


"Our priority was to get clear of outright relegation. We will accept playing in the play-offs as at least our fate will be in our hands and we have another chance of survival," said team manager Chief Thidiela.

"But we will have no complaints if we have to fight for our PSL survival in the play-offs - that is far better than being relegated outright."

However, Thidiela has warned the 'Amakhosi' that they will not have an easy ride on Sunday.
"Believe me, Chiefs are not guaranteed a win against us," he added.

"We have taken 11 points out of our last 15 possible points and the side is playing well. The spirit is better than it has been since the start of the season and we aim to beat Chiefs."

HEHEHE – THIS GUY is DREAMING!
CHIEFS – 5
LEOPARDS - 0

Anonymous
posted: 08:36 am
Gaddaffi "the communist" is not clued up.
Anonymous
posted: 08:46 am
Samuel: u always comment rubish u fool!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:50 am
Samuel, there will be a Top 8 competition next season, they jus' haven't announced a sponsor yet. The competiton won't run during the 2009-2010 season.
Anonymous
posted: 09:05 am
Samuel are you 4 real baba?
Anonymous
posted: 09:09 am
the season is over,our boys played their hearts out for the remainder of the season,they met Leopards at the wrong time,congradulations on their win against us they played well and organised,anyway this is soccer,you win or loose,better come next season i hope they will mean bussiness,good luck makhosi amahle for the next season i'll always be behind you,khosi for life.eish dnt 4get to offload Baron,Barttlet,Mototo,F.Mcarthy and Bobby Motaung.
Anonymous
posted: 09:11 am
the season is over,our boys played their hearts out for the remainder of the season,they met Leopards at the wrong time,congradulations on their win against us they played well and organised,anyway this is soccer,you win or loose,better come next season i hope they will mean bussiness,good luck makhosi amahle for the next season i'll always be behind you,khosi for life.eish dnt 4get to offload Baron,Barttlet,Mototo,F.Mcarthy and Bobby Motaung.
Dave10
posted: 09:12 am
Samuel is a moron!
Anonymous
posted: 09:27 am
guys stop insualting each other, the truth is that no top 8 next year cuase they want to speed up for league running so that 2009 and 2010 it will be end on january.finish and klara.yes chiefs were beaten mulovha but they were playing nothing my only concern is my team B Leopards they always firirng coach where is S Morape now?Our NO1 Suppoter Mr Sikhombudzo is no longer in the team just because of this guy Thidielas.he is no more seen in the Stadium.Chief Thidiela please stop running this team like selling BANANAS PLS
Anonymous
posted: 09:40 am
Pollen, there WILL be a Top 8 competition next season. Focus baba. It will be cancelled the season after that (2009-2010).
Anonymous
posted: 10:21 am
PSl must coem up clear on this matter of top 8. Kickoff, atleast you haev a chance to bring us the news fisrt hand on this one. Take it and make us proud of you for a change. There was no way Chiefs was gonna let their reserve side go down, this is one of their contribution.
Anonymous
posted: 10:21 am
Thibo$: My friend there won't be a top 8 competition; as a result all the teams who are in the Top 8 are going to be given a R1M each
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 am
The less we say about Thidiela the better. Sheppered was the best coach they had in a long time. They first lied by saying Sheppered was given leave due to teh ead sister, aand i knew right away that they were at it again.
Anonymous
posted: 10:34 am
GUYS BUZ ME I WANT TO CALL U JUST TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER OF THIDIELA REALLY IS HURTING ME THIS IS MY TEAM BUT I M DOWN BY THE WAY THING IS GOING.
YESTERDAY WEN I AM IN THE STADIUM I SAW TED WHAT HE WANT?DONT NO.
CALL 072 418 0612
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 am
Come on Guys , read and be informed , there is no TOP 8 next season, niyasiphoxa yazi!!!!!!
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