Highly rated Lesedi Kapinga has expressed gratitude to his former club Black Leopards after deciding to leave for much greener pastures.
Leopards gave the 25-year-old the stage to showcase his talent in the top flight, which has resulted in a dream move to the country's most succcessful PSL-era team.
Kapinga is expected to join Mamelodi Sundowns before the 2019/20 season restarts, much like George Maluleka did from Kaizer Chiefs, after signing a pre-contract back in January.
The midfielder leaves Leopards with great memories and says he regrets not being able to finish the season with the team in great style.
"I always wanted to finish the season with Black Leopards but Chief Thidiela sat down with me and explained the situation, which I understood," Kapinga tells KickOff.com.
"He made mention that it was to protect me and the club. You can imagine if I commit a mistake on the field of play and some other players think it's maybe because my mind was already somewhere else.
"I'll always be grateful to the club for what it has done for my soccer career. I worked with different coaches who taught me a lot about football.
"I learnt to adapt to many different philosophies because I worked with many different coaches. That also helped me develop to become mentally strong."
Kapinga has promised Lidoda Duvha fans that he will still pen them an official message to say goodbye.
"Everything just happened unexpectedly," he adds. "I need to calm down a little bit and apply my mind properly to write a proper message."
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