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Black Leopards look set for PSL promotional playoffs

Posted: 17 May 2011 Time: 23:14

Black Leopards have a chance to make their way back into the Promotional Play-Offs after winning their appeal against the PSL Disciplinary Committee's decision to deduct three points following allegations of fielding an improperly registered player.

On Tuesday evening, Safa’s appeals board found in favour of Leopards and awarded them the three points that had earlier been docked from Leopards’ tally by the PSL’s disciplinary committee, after the Limpopo outfit was found guilty of fielding a defaulter, Edgar Manaka, in their match against Batau FC on March 6, 2011.

“God is great… now we can focus on the Nedbank Cup final,” Leopards’ Chief Thidiela informed KickOff.com immediately after the verdict by Safa’s appeals board.

The PSL confirms the ruling by stating that: “The player’s registration was confirmed as having being proper on the basis of a clearance that was issued by Safa … Batau (the team that lodged the protest) has further right of appeal to arbitration which must be exercised within 72 hours.”

Leopards boss David Thidiela had categorically stated last week that Manaka’s registration was above board.

“We obtained confirmation from both Safa and the PSL that Edgar Manaka was a free agent and eligible to be registered with us. The entire case against Leopards has, with the greatest of respect, focused on suspicion and innuendo not supported by facts and an approach that would take South African football back to the days before the Bosman ruling in Europe and Coetzee case in South Africa,” he said at the time.

As it stands now, Leopards have 38 points, leapfrogging University of Pretoria into second place and most importantly, will now more than likely participate in the semifinals of the First Division promotional Play-offs. They will come up against either Vasco da Gama or Moroka Swallows in one of the two semifinals.

‘Tuks’, therefore, drop to third on the Inland Stream log on 37 points to Leopards’ 38 and the Pretoria side miss out on the Play-Offs.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:26 pm
Indeed God is great
posted: 11:29 pm
I knew from d onset dat Leopards were ryt coz they hv a proof from Safa co ordinator clearing d player to PSL wing nly dat mayb Baroka were nt infoirmed by incompetent SAFA co ordinators Well done Thiedila for ur brave efforts Justice has been done nd again pursue d Baroka case so that they gt relegated to Super League
posted: 12:27 am
yes god is great,thank you mr thidiela 4 standing by yr words & mantaining that leopards were right,many especially jealouse people wanted you to loose the case & were happy that you got docked 3points,now lets c where r they & what they say...mudzimu ndi muhulu ro zwivhona....ndaaaaaaaa!!

now go & win the promotional play -offs & the ned bank cup to spice it. CONGRATULATIONS.

The Ghost
posted: 01:00 am
@ keizer, Leopards win the Nedbank cup? That ain't happening thina we don't lose to small teams from the lower division like one team that I need not mention because they have been humiliated enough.
posted: 03:47 am
Mudzimu a si n'wana. Li do da duvha. I smelt a rat when from the on set of this case, more so even when Mr. Majavu suggested that Leopards should not appeal with SAFA but go straight for arbitration.
posted: 05:41 am
Thats good news. games are won in the field of play and thats what leopards did to secure enough points to go to the playoffs. Now its up to them to try and win their way back to the PSL.
posted: 06:58 am
mudzimu ndi muhulwane lidoda duvha madidinngwe goodluck for nedbank final $ playoffs province is behind u
posted: 07:17 am
Leopards deserve it...all the best going forward...I so wish that Leopards win play-offs on the basis of at least representing Limpopo in the PSL for the sake also of Peter Mokaba stadium.
posted: 12:39 pm
peple mus let futbol do its tlk on d field and nt in bodroom
posted: 08:06 am
big shame to you Majavu, this is your 2nd judgement to be thrown out in the last 3months, you were biased, and now that Leopard have won the appeal, you might try to bring back the case against Thidiela.
My Boss
posted: 08:17 am
@Tolly.ba.Thathe ,chif we have Bay United as well,lets wish them all to be promoted so we Limpopo can have two teams.Bay is own by Mogaladi family from ZB for your info.
posted: 08:27 am
Thank God! These Gauteng people have agendas! Limpopo all the way, Lo da duvha!
posted: 10:09 am
God is great for sure pls make as proud never be the same like last,
congra...Sekgoka eka Hovheni julesburg.
posted: 12:36 pm
where's edga manaka now ? pls inform me people please.
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