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Black Leopards were relegated after losing 3-2 against Free State Stars on Saturday

Posted: 18 May 2013 Time: 17:04

Free State Stars beat Black Leopards 3-2 at Goble Park to confirm direct relegation from the Premiership for the Limpopo side, who finish bottom of the log.

Lidoda Duvha came into the match needing a victory to give themselves any hope of at least moving up to the play-offs spot, but it was not to be as they were outclassed by an Ea Lla Koto side that clinched a place in the top eight.

Leopards had the first shot in anger as early as the second minute of the match, with Mongezi Bobe putting a free-kick wide of goal from about 20 metres out.

But the midfielder found the back of the net five minutes later and give them a glimmer of hope. A pull-back from the right by-line found Bobe, who steered a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Ea Lla Koto earned a penalty in the 38th minute when Ernot Dzaga was perhaps harshly adjudged to have pushed Dove Wome in the 18-yard area. Mweene converted from the spot to bring the scores level and deal Leopards’ survival hopes a massive blow.

And things got even worse for the Limpopo team just before the hour-mark when Wome latched onto a pass from the right by Anver Esterhuizen and finished from close range to make it 2-1.

Ten minutes later Wome missed a great chance to extend his side’s lead, but the score was soon 3-1 with Anver Esterhuizen heading home from a corner in the 72nd minute to effectively end the game as a contest.

Leopards were able to pull a goal back in the 89th minute when David Zulu converted Bobe’s cross from the right, but it was too little, too late and proved nothing more than a consolation strike.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:09 pm
Leopards deserve to b in NFD forever and ever....Goodbye mr coach Thidiela...
Juda de damn killer
posted: 05:10 pm
Nice Stars. Now sit down and watch katsande doing his famous Zimbabwe dance
Reclam de Glory by Force
posted: 07:13 pm
Who cares. Greedy people who a pro club like a spaza shop
Reclam de Glory by Force
posted: 07:14 pm
I mean run
Reclam de Glory by Force
posted: 07:17 pm
This Humphrey Khoza guy is the worst player for 2012/2013 season. I mean the guy played regularly but kept on costing the team all the time! He is not PSL material and deserves to play in the vodka com league
posted: 07:22 pm
Bye Leopards, just so you know, I never liked you.

Bobby Fraudster, please go get us R.Monama.
posted: 07:23 pm
Well done to FreeStateStars, I like Steve and that makes me like his team. It's always nice seeing FSS win
posted: 07:49 pm
Good riddance. Yes Chippa is clueless but the Thidiela clan make him look like a great pro. The same thing happens every season in that tuck shop. Chidzambwa was fired, re hired, then redeployed, he then was a technical director.

We love 2 c u go nd we won't miss u.
Murenzu Wa Lekhosi
posted: 09:03 am
If we can save Reymond Monama from NFD, I'd be more than happy, hope Bobby Motaung reads Kickoff. Signed and sealed by @TheSeromeo
Chief - Champ Salakiaku
posted: 12:30 pm
Eza mawa mingi (im very sad) ,i realy liked Leopards as they are my home team,but all is not lost going to NFD gives them time to regroup ,hopefully they will come back
posted: 01:26 pm
Tico MP
posted: 08:38 am
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