Leopards start plotting for play-offs

Despite one National First Division fixture remaining, Leopards are already confirmed as one of the two teams that will feature in the season-ending mini-group that determines the last team which will be part of the PSL family next season.

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Leopards have 50 points and will not finish lower than third regardless of what happens in their last game against Mthatha Bucks at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday (15h00).

“Winning the two home games that we will play in the play-offs is a must,” Losciuto told KickOff.com.

The play-offs – pitting the teams that finish second and third in the First Division and the club that closes off second-bottom in the PSL – will run from May 31 to June 17.

To determine the winner, the three teams play each other on a home and away basis.

“Once we win our home games then all we need to make sure that we do away is avoid defeat though priority will be to still win one of those away games to make sure that we are in,” Losciuto continued. “This is four games, and the reality is that you have to be smart by making sure that you collect all the points in your home games – home games are crucial.

“I am glad that we will have a bit of time before we play our first game in the play-offs which will allow us to go into a mini-camp in preparation for the start of the games.”

Losciuto has played a major role in taking Leopards to second spot since taking over in November.

“The priority was on working on the discipline of the team when I arrived here because I realised that this was the biggest weakness,” the Belgian said. “I now have a lot of trust in this team because the application and commitment is now where it should be. The progress has been tremendous and it is not a miracle that we have managed to get ourselves into this position.

“For me, what was always important was that the chairman [David Thidiela] understood my philosophy and we worked together towards a common goal which is to ultimately win promotion back to the PSL.”

The 44-year-old arrived at Leopards at the recommendation of fellow countryman Luc Eymael.

He has previously coached clubs in Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Togo, while he also had a spell as assistant coach of the Super Eagles when Sunday Oliseh was in charge.