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Black Leopards draw with St Eloi Lupopo but qualify

Posted: 6 April 2012 Time: 19:14

Black Leopards drew 2-2 with St Eloi Lupopo in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, on Friday afternoon but qualified for the last 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup.

‘Lidoda Duvha’ won the first leg 4-2 in Giyani a fortnight ago in Giyani, which puts the aggregate score 6-4 in favour of the Limpopo side.

Leopards had to contend with the referee and the hostile crowd for the better part of the match, but with club boss David Thidiela watching from the stands they fought gallantly to secure a 2-2 draw at the Stade Frederic Kibassa Maliba stadium in Lubumbashi.

Lupopo were on the attack from the onset, but the vociferous crowd was stunned into silence in the 16th minute, when David Zulu drew first blood. Leopards defender Humphrey Khoza surged forward and in a desperate attempt to clear the ball to safety, Zulu was left unmarked by the Lupopo and the ball fell kindly to him, all he needed to do was round off the goalkeeper Kakinda Kaniki to slot home from a tight angle.

Towards the interval, the capacity crowd including DR Congo head coach Claude Le Roy witnessed some disgraceful scenes as two Lupopo fans ran from the grandstand to Postnett Omony’s goal and appeared to sprinkle some liquid, muti perhaps, on the net one after the other and ran off the ground back to the crowd. Thidiela was hopping mad when he realised no action was being taken against the two fans.

Nonetheless, the ploy didn’t deter Leopards who continued to fight gallantly despite the unsavoury scenes.

Leopards led 1-0 at the break and the PSL outfit was certainly punching above its weight.

When the teams returned for the second half, Leopards coach Abel Makhubele, who was standing in for Vladislav Heric who remained in South Africa after baulking at the thought of taking a yellow fever vaccination, rang the changes.

Makhubele took off the goalscorer Zulu and the inefficient Davi Banda and put in Kingston Nkhatha and Edgar Manaka.

Leopards were slow in getting going for the start of the second half and Lupopo capitalised when Moses Kwena handled the ball in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Carrington Gomba stepped up and converted from the spot kick and the teams were on level terms in the 53rd minute.

The goal spurred Lupopo on and they went ahead in the 64th minute, but under controversial circurmstances.

Leopards skipper Mongezi Bobe attempted to clear the ball in the box, but miscued and Omony collected the ball thinking it was not a back pass, but the referee had other ideas and gave Lupopo an indirect free kick, which substitute Mpiana Motiti converted from close range.

The Leopards bench was tense in the dying moments as Lupopo kept pushing forward and it didn’t help matters that Omony was struggling with injury. The Ugandan eventually went down and he needed medical attention to his right leg for a few minutes after the 80th minute, but then Leopards were shocked when the referee added eight minutes of injury time.

Nonetheless, Leopards had the last laugh when Nkhatha received the ball in the box after a scramble in the box. He turned to fire home and incredibly, the linesman ruled for offside but the referee overruled him and the goal stood to make it 2-2.

It was to be the final nail in Lupopo’s coffin.

Leopards XI: Posnett Omony; Moses Kwena, Tintswalo Tshabalala, Humphrey Khoza, Vincent Mabusela; Davi Banda, Mongezi Bobe, Tiyani Mabunda, Luyolo Mapolisa; David Zulu, Joshua Obaje

Tiyani wa ka Mabasa in Lubumbashi courtesy of MTN

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
well boyz what a great achievement
Anonymous
posted: 07:20 pm
Amakhosi trained you well,Leopards. Its good to learn from cup specialist. Khosi uze ushone
Anonymous
posted: 07:22 pm
Congratulations are in order to Lidoda Duvha, the good run on this competition will put them in good stead for their battle to avoid the chop in the Psl...
Anonymous
posted: 07:26 pm
Well done boys,u make Limpopo proud.
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 pm
With things having gone pear-shaped @ ZanuChips ppl will want to hijack Leopards' success...

Why can't we just celebrate & not try to steal Leopards' spotlight...
Anonymous
posted: 07:31 pm
Congrats Didinngwe, li khou swika duvha
Anonymous
posted: 07:52 pm
Well done 2 Limpopo boys (dont mistaken them for Lupopo). Keep flying that S. A. flag high Black Leopards.
Anonymous
posted: 07:53 pm
Show dem Leopards! Show the sdididiz how to do it Leopards, show dem! mh, mh.

Oh, by the way......this is not about Limpopo either ne, Leopards are a South African representative in this competition hence we all are (except disgraced Rats) wishing them well.,,,,,let's stop being tribalistic even where it ai'nt necessary.
Anonymous
posted: 07:59 pm
That is a very vital point to remind poeple Leopards now is representing us South African.
Anonymous
posted: 08:00 pm
Dis zebras mst shut da f up they cnt even qualify 4 caf let alone da confedaration cup n congrats 2 leopards. Up da bucks til zebras win a cup
Anonymous
posted: 08:05 pm
Congratulations to Black Leopards , making us proud . Keep flying our flag high and higher .
Anonymous
posted: 08:10 pm
Black Leopards is participating in dis competition as Black Leopards FC, not as South African Black Leopards Nation or SA XI so ppl must chill with this Leaopards r representing SA tip coz if Leopards win this competition, only Leopards would have won, not Bafana x2 or Baanyana x2...

BB's failure has created a lot of desperation for some ppl to wanna steal some ada ppl's limelight...
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 pm
jo what a match,what a patriotism from leopards.congratulations,all of us are proud of u except chiefs and u knw why.
Anonymous
posted: 08:35 pm
Shame poor Leaopards subjected to muti in all of its last 3 matches...
Anonymous
posted: 08:35 pm
Where are the complements from abalandeli?????

I was tempted to say it's jealousy, or the very same tribalism virus in reverse, but nah! It's much simpler than that to work out......The truth is most people with internet access abalazi idiski, yiy'nkomo zamabhujwa! LOL. Abaningi bayafey'va nje alivuki!

Leopards has done well, way beyond all our expectations and rightfully so I feel some sense of fulfilment inside as if my own team has triumphed, it's about the pride of the country gents! Let's congratulate abanye abantwana like we do when our teams win 1-0 against Ethekwini Lifesavers, s'yeke umona. Ndaaaah! lol.
Anonymous
posted: 08:36 pm
@ robby.....why Chiefs ?
Anonymous
posted: 08:39 pm
@ Sweyts......ha ha ha ha ....usho ukuthi ...laba abane-internet alivuki idiski ? Ha ha ha
Anonymous
posted: 08:41 pm
why when is leopard people r saying it's representing SA,bt when its Bucs SA people(downs & chiefs) turn their back against supporting us.Leopard make limpopo proud,even on Wednesday
Anonymous
posted: 08:42 pm
@ Sweyts......yakwami I agree with you , phela nginok'funda some of the comments posted on this site and ezinye izinto abazishoyo raise eyebrows ......ha ha ha
Anonymous
posted: 08:54 pm
I take this opportunity to congratulate Leopards. Nobody(including myself) gave them a
chance to get this far, considering their position on the log. They are doing well and I respect their dedication and that of the management. African football can and will grow once the PSL plays along. If Pirates progressed in the ACL, I'm telling you AF was gonna be market
ed well. I'm hoping Sundowns or swallows can will the league so that they can represents SA well and Free State stars for confed.

Well done Leopards, take it one day at a time and all shall go well. Thanks Bra Tiyani for the update and hope you had a great time there.
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