Both Mthatha Bucks and Black Leopards have lots to fight for
Posted: 24 February 2018 Time: 13:00
National First Division high-flyers Black Leopards will be out to add to Mthatha Bucks’ woes when they meet today.
Leopards started the second half of the season in the bottom half of the table, but they have risen to fourth place, giving themselves a good chance of qualifying for the end-of-season promotion/relegation play-offs.
Lidoda Duvha, who are coached by Joel Masutha, have won three matches in a row and have not conceded any goals during this period. They will be looking to enhance their chances of winning promotion by beating relegation-threatened Mthatha Bucks.
“The fact that they [Bucks] will be fighting for their lives means they will double their efforts,” Masutha says.
“We've won three games in a row without conceding so obviously people might start playing negative football, try to park the bus and make it difficult for us to score. But at the same time, I think that will work in our favour. They will have to attack because of the position they are in on the log, so that that means they have to open up which will give us a chance to score one or two.”
Bucks coach Lechesa, once a Leopards midfielder during his playing days, says they are under more pressure heading into the game at Mthatha Stadium (15h30).
Bucks are 15th on the standings after 21 matches, registering just one win in 2018.
“Leopards are under less pressure than us. We are under pressure to get the result. It’s a must win, it’s a massive situation, especially because we are playing at home,” Lechesa says.
“Our record at home has not been bad, we are playing draws at home. So we need to turn these draws at home to wins. It's not going to be an easy game, but for us it's war."
Bucks will be relying on their top scorer Mpho Erasmus to get them the win they so desperately need, while Lidoda Duvha can pin their hopes on former Orlando Pirates forward Mwape Musonda, who has bagged five goals in 2018.