Black Leopards reach 250th Premier League game


Leopards quietly went about their business at King Zwelithini Stadium against Arrows without even club boss David Thidiela taking note of how far they have come as the Pride of Limpopo in reaching the 250th Premiership game mark as they solider on in their ninth season in the top League.

Lidoda Duvha's journey in the Premiership started out on August 9, 2001 with a home win over Free State Stars in a game in which Jafta Mabosho became the first ever player to score in the top flight for the club.

In their 250 games Lidoda Duvha have won 75, drawn 65 and lost 110 games for a total of 290 points in the process scoring 296 goals and conceding 367 for a minus 71 goal difference that is a true reflection of the modest team that they.

Besides Premiership 'babies' Chippa United and AmaTuks, who are both just six games old, Leopards were the only team in the Premiership still to reach to 250 games.

Though they are still to win anything in the Premiership, Leopards' best season was when they twice finished in position 8 in their Premier League debut season in 2001/02 under Gavin Hunt and in 2003/04 when they were coached by three coaches in one season Walter Rautmann, David Byrne and Shakes Mashaba.

For three years between 2008 and 2011 Leopards were in the First Division and returned last year.

Christopher Netshidzivhe – a stylish midfielder in his time at the club – still holds the record for the most starts in the club's Premier League history with 163 games and though he is no longer at the club that record is under no threat for some years to come.

The Premier League's five ‘ever present' sides Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows have all played 510 games to date.

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