Black Leopards goalkeeper King Ndlovu brashly dismisses derby rivals Baroka
Posted: 20 December 2018 Time: 06:00
Black Leopards goalkeeper King Ndlovu says if Baroka had just won the CAF Champions League it wouldn't help them when they battle for derby honours in the new year.
Leopards will start 2019 with a league game against the newly crowned Telkom Knockout champions, an encounter King believes is theirs for the taking on January 6 at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
"Our next game is obviously a derby and Baroka ahhh, i Baroka abantu bethu labo [they are our people], three points for sure," Ndlovu tells KickOff.com. "We don't care, even if they had won a Champions League we were still going to beat them and I'm sure of that hundred percent. They are not better than us and I think when they play us they are going to be more open.
"They are going to think that they are going to beat us you understand? Usually they don't open up at the back, they play behind the ball. They park the bus and hope for a chance. So with us they are going to think that they are going to win the game. They are going to open at the back, that's where we want to hurt them. So that's why I think it's going to be an open game."
Lidoda Duvha defeated Baroka 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October.
Meanwhile, Ndlovu feels a lot of shooting practice in training helped them beat AmaZulu 3-1 in their last assignment of 2018.
Leopards, who hired ex-Gor Mahia mentor Dylan Kerr as Joel Masutha's replacement in November, registered only their third win of the season against an in-form Usuthu on Sunday at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Although Ndlovu gives credit for the victory to Kerr, the former Jomo Cosmos keeper says his way of coaching is similar to Masutha, who is now in charge of Chippa United.
"To be honest with you they are almost the same you understand? Their style of play is almost the same," says Ndlovu.
"They are playing a nice passing football [game] and attacking you understand? So I think maybe doing a lot of shooting exercises helped, working more on finishing and bringing the confidence back. When you train hard you don't fear anything.
"But if you check every game we played, we had a chance to win these games, but defensively we were making a lot of mistakes. We were punished due to our own mistakes. So now the team is organised now."
With the result, Leopards climbed to 12th on the log with 13 points from 14 games.