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David Zulu scored the first goal for Leopards.

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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...

posted: 08:55 pm
viva leopards viva. At least u guyz r making S.A proud, unlike pirates
posted: 09:01 pm
Congratz BL. Repeat da same on tuesday. Make us proud. Nwaya didinngwe nwaya.
posted: 09:14 pm
Gucci @20h43, true there yakwam', like the day King called a hat-trick a hendrick! LOL. I knew it there and there ukuthi he was a goalie if bashoda, adawise bekawu preza! tl.tl.tl.
posted: 10:31 pm
heita leoparsds
posted: 10:48 pm
pitso pls shift yo focus from jomo to leopards ' david zulu
thanx leopards players,u guys r th rock,w know
th referee tried to make them win,its nt easy there,but u scored goals,....proudly s.a
dnt stop keep going,u r abt to conquer africa,
in yo next game w call all bafana fans to fill in th stadiums as if s.a is playing,this is s.a start to winning ways...
posted: 03:10 am
posted: 03:44 am
when will these fukd up ppl frm other countries learn caf fair play
posted: 04:57 am
Well done Leopards, keep the SA flying the nation is behind you all the way.
posted: 06:18 am
Well done leopards
posted: 07:14 am
well done guys
posted: 07:47 am
wow Mum-Auditor yanghlekisa njalo... Uthi uMnumzana u Heric is already caught by Yellow Fiver wao sounds gr8, whch means dey'll donate dos Yellow Points easly 2 us.... Anyway CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS 2 Laduuuuuuuuuuuvha

posted: 08:33 am
wow lidoda duvha....i am very proud of you guys.....its a pity my bucs didnt live up to expectations...but congrats, this is good 4 the psl, it will make it even more financially competative if our local teams perform this good in caf.....
posted: 08:35 am
Bravo to Black Leopard for raising the South African flag high in the contnent.All soccer loving people we are behind you,keep on making Mzantsi proud...........
posted: 09:19 am
Its great 4 leapards that they r thrue, I will lyk to congradulate them,they diserve to go thru the played well
posted: 09:31 am
As a massive patriot, I must say I actually jumped up and down, and pumped my fist in the air when I read that Leopards had made it through, and I completely forgot that they beat my team on Tuesday lol

What I really dont understand though is how Chiefs taught Leopards anything? When was the last time we played in Africa? And why do people keep bringing up Pirates' failures against Lupopo? Their failures, and Leopards success have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

@ Sweyts & Gucci Man Yazi nami kade ngifunda lama-comments, futhi ngibuye ngizibuze ukuthi labantu abawa bhalayo bafundile yini, noma ngoba bayalibuka nje ibhola, it automatically means that they have FIFA qualifications, and that they think that the junk they say is competant lol

Anyway, congrats to Black Leopards. Rather than flying our flag high, you've made 45 million South Africans proud.
posted: 09:34 am
I lyk black leopards thy r a gud team,i dnt think thy will go bck to national first division. And i pray 2 god tht thy go 2 the final nd win this thing.
posted: 09:35 am
Whoops, I meant Libolo. Eish, blady African teams lol
posted: 09:46 am
well done leopards, we proud of u, u clearely deserve the psl spot. i hope 2nd star team is taking notes
posted: 10:19 am
Jonny@9h35, ha haa haaa! You'll be assaulted with sitcks, stones and any primitive weapon like izagila no qhwasha! LOL.
posted: 12:00 pm
@Sweyts Maybe one of them will hit me 3 times with rocks, and say that he got a hendrick! Eish baba, I've been laughing at that non stop, yho, ihendrick?! That's hilarious! Lol
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