Dylan Kerr admits Black Leopards have difficult Absa Premiership run-in


Lidoda Duvha are currently 12th on the 16-team table with only eight games remaining.

The Venda side will start by visiting provincial rivals Polokwane City on April 7, Orlando Pirates away on April 10, Kaizer Chiefs at home on April 13, Mamelodi Sundowns at home on April 17 and Bidvest Wits away on April 24.

What will follow are three games against a desperate Maritzburg United at home, AmaZulu away, and Cape Town City at home.

"Of course it's gonna be difficult you know," Kerr tells

"But every game in the PSL is like that. Every game is difficult, we gotta play the top five teams who are trying to win the league, or we are gonna play three who are at the bottom who are trying to stay out of the relegation, so it's gonna be tough.

"I have got a faith in my players that they're gonna play their best football to try and stay in the league. We just think about the first game that is coming and that's Polokwane so that's where we wanna concentrate on. We never think about playing Pirates, playing Chiefs, playing Sundowns, playing Cape Town City, playing Maritzburg, playing AmaZulu... we're not gonna think about that until we are due to face them. What we will do is to concentrate on, right now, only Polokwane City.

"All our games are very close to each other. So we've got to be very careful that we don't burn players [out] or cause injuries, especially the ones that have been playing every week. We don't even think about losses, all we to concentrate on is winning, all we concentrate on is making sure that we play the way we've been playing. We gotta make sure we go out not to lose.

"So I'm not gonna predict anything now, I'm not gonna raise unnecessary expectations because football is full of surprises. We've just gotta make sure that our players are mentally ready to fight, to go out and battle because that's how it's gonna be now. I don't even wanna look far, I just want three points against Polokwane."

A lot of noise has been made in the media about the Thohoyandou weather giving an advantage to Lidoda Duvha.

"For me everybody is making an excuse about Thohoyandou," Kerr says.

"The difference of temperature between Thohoyandou and Johannesburg is only one degree. When I was at Leeds United, people hated going to Leeds United. They hated it because of the reputation that Leeds United had, they were very, very difficult to beat at home, and that's what I'm trying to create at Black Leopards, that people who come to Thohoyandou come with a fear of playing Black Leopards Football Club because we're good, not because it's too hot.

"We have to do the same when we travel to them so we are in the same situation like everyone else. We have to go to venues in Pretoria or in Joburg where the altitude is different to Thohoyandou, so that benefits the Gauteng teams. But we don't make excuses, we don't complain, we don't say it's not fair.

"So our home ground is our home ground. You know we've got the most amazing supporters in the PSL other than the Soweto Derby. But we've got more fans in our home base, better than any other team in the PSL."

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