Black Leopards announce the arrival of six new players
Posted: 1 August 2017 Time: 14:33
Black Leopards have announced the capture of six new players as they prepare for yet another season in the National First Division.
Lidoda Duvha are looking to put an end to their spell outside the top flight, which will now stretch to five seasons following their recent failure in the promotion play-offs.
Leopards have raided fellow Limpopo outfit Magesi FC as they search for reinforcements, signing four players from Dikwena tsa Meetse.
Thembisani Nevhulamba, Khuliso Mudau, Isaac Masia and Rendani Maduwa all turned out for Magesi - where Tshifiwe ‘Chief’ Thidiela, son of Leopards owner David Thidiela, is team manager - last season.
The quartet bring some balance to the squad, bolstering different areas of the team with Nevhulamba a forward, Mudau a midfielder, Masia a defender and Maduwa a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old Nevhulamba re-signs for Leopards a year after leaving for Magesi.
Making a return to the province of his birth is former Platinum stars defender Rofhiwa Tshikovhi who signs with Leopards alongside another Limpopo native, goalkeeper Shandukani Mulovhedzi.
Meanwhile, Lidoda Duvha have also announced the departures of five players.
Former Baroka midfielder Hlabane Kutumela parts ways with the club having managed 12 starts last term whilst Thabang Selowa, Leroy Nhlapo, Alushavhiwi Marubini and Tshepo Mothiba - having made five appearances between the four of them - also depart.
A lot was expected from Mothiba when he arrived at Free State Stars in 2015 as the top scorer in the North-West stream of the ABC Motsepe League but he was resigned to playing for the club's MDC team before ill-discipline saw him eventually shipped to Leopards.
With criminal charges hanging over his head this season, Mothiba failed to make a single appearance for the Jean Loscuito-coached outfit.
Star wingers Siphelele Mkhulise and Khayelihle Shozi also recently departed the club after Leopards were unable to renew a loan deal with their parent club Mamelodi Sundowns.
The duo have since linked up again at newly formed Richards Bay FC.