Solomons happy with tours

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Leopards have chosen to make use of the long break for the Africa Cup of Nations by going on tour to Malawi and Zimbabwe, while another trip to Mozambique is scheduled for this weekend.

The club played three games in Malawi, winning the first on penalties, losing the second on spot-kicks and claiming outright victory in the third 2-1.

This past Sunday they made the short trip to Bulawayo, where they played Zimbabwe giants Highlanders at Luveve Stadium with the match finishing goalless before an enthusiastic crowd.

Solomons missed the last six weeks of action last year as he was away in Saudi Arabia fulfilling his religious obligations and on his return has welcomed the opportunity to have a longer spell to drill his team before the start of the second half of the campaign.

“I am satisfied with the how everything has turned out during the games that we have played out of the country,” he told snl24.com/kickoff. “You have to realise that the experience gained in playing in those unfamiliar places has been helpful. Our performances have also been promising because we have been playing tough opposition, though they are still in their pre-season.

“We are not so much worried about the results but we want to see the things we do at training being applied on match day. Playing against unfamiliar opponents gives us a true test of what we are working on. The purpose of the tour is not result-orientated, but more putting of a test of our abilities and to help with team bonding.”

The club had Orlando Pirates defender Edward Malinga on tour with a view to signing him, as well as three trialists in former Manning Rangers defender Kaizer Montsi and two Malawian strikers, Victor Nyirenda and Joel Chipofya. Should the two Malawians sign they will only be available from the start of next season as Leopards have used up their quota of foreigners for this campaign.

Leopards are due to leave for Mozambique tonight but the trip is hanging in the balance following the death of club boss David Thidiela’s brother. Lidoda Duvha are due to play against Ferroviaro Maputo and Costa do Sol from Mozambique, as well as the touring Athletico of Angola.