Chances are good that one or two of the three Absa Premiership League clubs based in the Limpopo Province will lose their franchise at the end of the current soccer season.
The future of Black Leopards, Baroka FC and Polokwane City as Absa Premiership members looks bleak. Although Polokwane City looked poised to win the league title at the beginning of the season, their performance is fast deteriorating with time.
If the current league log were the final one, Polokwane City would be facing the relegation axe, while Black Leopards would have been going for the promotional/relegation playoffs. City, also called Rise and Shine, are lying at the bottom of the log with 16 points accumulated from 18 matches. The Thohoyandou side are a step up on the log with the same number of points. Black Leopards have a match in hand. They still must play against Bidvest Wits to be on par with the rest of the teams.
The other Limpopo-based side, Baroka FC, are in the 12th position on the log with 17 points. Baroka would be languishing at the bottom of the log, had they not collected the maximum points in their league match last weekend.
Baroka FC, or Makgakga as they are also known, rose to the occasion and beat their neighbours, Polokwane City, 1-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. Black Leopards still must play both Baroka and Polokwane City in their second-round league matches. Unfortunately for Lidoda Duvha, the two matches will be played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Black Leopards are still to collect a point under the guidance of the team’s new head coach, Mr Kevin Johnson. The Thohoyandou outfit lost three league matches with Mr Johnson seated on the team’s technical bench. They lost 1-2 to Highlands Park and Chippa United before suffering a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic in Bloemfontein last Sunday.
Leopards will host Kaizer Chiefs at the Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow afternoon. See a match preview elsewhere in the paper.
Date:18 January 2020 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.