Leopards confident of survival

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Speaking to snl24.com/kickoff after their 3-2 victory over Thanda Royal Zulu on Wednesday – their second win on the trot – Lidoda Duvha coach Sheppard Murape said he was happy with his players’ commitment, which, he said, was lacking when he arrived at Leopards two months ago.

“The players were unfit and there was no unity. I watched them when they played against Santos and were hammered 4-0,” he says. “I came back to training and made a lot of changes. The 2-2 draw against Celtic was a turning point for us as we were unlucky to concede a goal in the last minute.

“There is now a lot of commitment and discipline in the team. I have also considered making changes with regard to captain. Lubanzadio has done well with the armband in the last two games and there is no reason to change.”

Murape has also hailed Leopards fans for their support.

“You could see that they had started to give up, but now they are coming back in numbers. You can feel it in the neighbouring villages; these people are passionate about their team. It will be sad a loss for these people if Black Leopards are relegated.”