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Polokwane City's Johnny Mogaladi congratulates Black Leopards on PSL promotion

Posted: 31 May 2018 Time: 07:50

Polokwane City chairman Johnny Mogaladi is thrilled neighbouring Black Leopards are back in the Absa Premiership after a five-year absence.

Leopards joined National First Division champions Highlands Park in the topflight following a 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos on Wednesday in their final promotion play-offs fixture at Thohoyandou Stadium in Venda.

Platinum Stars were consequently relegated to the NFD, as were Ajax Cape Town recently. The Urban Warriors, who initially finished second-from-bottom in the Absa Premiership standings, were booted out of the play-offs after being docked points for fielding an ineligible player in Tendai Ndoro in 2017/18.

Limpopo now has three representatives in the elite tier with Baroka also hailing from the province.

Mogaladi said: "We would like to congratulate Black Leopards Football Club for gaining promotion to the ABSA Premiership League.

"It's been a long road for them after been relegated five seasons ago. Lidoda Duvha has always been in the play-offs but failed to gain promotion but with the massive support today they made it.

"The love of people of Venda and football has finally paid off for Mr. Thidiela; players and their technical team lead by Joel Masutha.

"Today Black Leopards made history for Limpopo Province - we now have three teams in the Absa Premiership.

"It must be mentioned that we couldn't do it without the support from the Premier Stan Mathabatha; MEC of Sports Ms. Onnica Moloi; Polokwane Municipality; Limpopo Tourism Agency and all the beautiful people of Limpopo.

"What a great time for our people, they will witness tri-derby games in the province.

"We hope all of us, including Baroka FC and Black Leopards, stay/play in the province for the betterment of our people. Let's stay in the Absa Premiership and win trophies for the province.

"Welcome to the big league Lidoda Duvha."

Article by: Staff Reporter
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