Leopards draw first blood in play-offs

Stars, who finished the Absa Premiership season in 16th place, had to travel to Thohoyandou yesterday after it was confirmed that Ajax Cape Town were docked points for fielding the ineligible Tendai Ndoro.

The Zimbabwean striker played for three clubs this season, contravening the Fifa rules. As a result, the Urban Warriors were docked seven points and they dropped into 16th place.

Hoping that things would go their way, Stars kept on training after the final match of the season against Bidvest Wits and they got good news when they were told to make their way to Thohoyandou to face Leopards, who finished second in the National First Division behind champions Highlands Park.

Leopards were preparing to face Ajax until they found out they would be playing Dikwena, but they were ready for whatever would come their way.

Lidoda Duvha dominated the first half and should have gone into the break with the lead, but they wasted their chances in front of goal, as the visiting Dikwena held on for dear life.

In the second period, however, Lidoda Duvha got that goal they were looking for. Thohoyandou Stadium erupted when Phathutshedzo Nange opened the scoring for the hosts seven minutes into the half. It proved to be the winner for Leopards, who face Jomo Cosmos away from home on Sunday.