Leopards wary of Limpopo play-off war

Masutha says coming up against one of these two sides will mean his dream of seeing the province of Limpopo becoming a PSL force diminish, as there is only one spot left to be filled in the elite league.

Leopards reached the play-offs by convincingly beating already qualified Jomo Cosmos 3-1 on the weekend, which means they finished runners up to champions Highlands Park.

"I'm very happy, but a little," Masutha tells KickOff.com.

"Qualifying, yes it's an achievement but it's not a big achievement you see. So a lot of work will be on the play-offs now. We must cross the finishing line this time you know.

"Yes, I felt as if a big burden has been lifted off my shoulders, it was becoming heavy for me because the game was defining our season. I didn't want favours from any team. The win will help us a lot, at least we'll start the play-offs with the right momentum.

"Every time we play Cosmos, especially here at home, I have never been on the losing side against Cosmos. I know that every time they are playing away ... as they are not good travellers, they've won only three games away throughout the season. So we knew they will only try to catch us on breaks. So we had to balance the numbers and had five players giving pressure going forward, and then the other five to check their counters. I think we handled Cosmos very well because attacking-wise I'm not afraid of any team. My attack, my midfield is very strong.

"I cannot choose which PSL team I would prefer but as someone from Limpopo I wouldn't like to see what happened last year happening again, whereby two Limpopo teams are contesting the play-offs you know. I want to see us joining Polokwane City and Baroka in the PSL.

"At least if we can get Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United, at least those two are my preference for now because I would love Limpopo to be the powerhouse of football. Yes, all these teams are too strong, even Ajax can fight and on the other side SuperSport got quality. On any day they can give you five but just for the sake of the province I wouldn't like us to play against one another. It has happened before where we played against Polokwane City. Last season it happened we played Baroka, so it's not a nice thing because we will not be able to add another team in the PSL."

If Ajax Cape Town beat Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday either SuperSport United, Polokwane or Baroka could find themselves fighting for their lives in the play-offs, which run from May 16 to June 2.