Three weeks ago the Limpopo side looked dead and buried, but having ground out a couple of crucial results (a draw against Celtic and wins against Bidvest Wits and Thanda Royal Zulu FC), Leopards’ future does not appear so bleak.
Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 stalemate against Golden Arrows may not have been the ideal result, but it means that Lidoda Duvha are now finally off the bottom of the table.
_quoteSkipper Peter Mponda admitted to snl24.com/kickoff that his side should have won on Saturday, but says that the mood in the camp is still upbeat ahead of next week’s final two games, against Jomo Cosmos and Kaizer Chiefs.
“We are disappointed not to have taken all three points, but the positive thing for us is that we have moved off the bottom of the log for the first time since the second round of the league.
“I think Arrows had the better of the play, yet it was us who created more chances and we should have at least scored one goal,” he says.
Mponda says that manager Sheppard Murape was unhappy that his side did not manage to find the back of the net, but still managed to find positives in the Lidoda Duvha’s performance.
“The coach was of course unhappy that we didn’t earn maximum points, but he was encouraged by the way we defended as a team and did not concede any goals.
“We will now go into our game against Ezenkosi feeling confident that we can win and ensure that at least we do not end up in the automatic relegation position,” says Mponda.