'Welcome to the big league Leopards'

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."