Black Leopards is preparing for the 2016/2017 National First Division (NFD) season with only one thing in mind, getting promotion for the Premier Soccer League. The team has been there and they are determined to go back where they belong.
With 2 Limpopo teams playing in the PSL for 2016/2017 upcoming season, leopards is fully pumped to make it 3 teams from Limpopo in the PSL for the 2017/2018 season. That will be if the 2 are still in the PSL. For 2 teams that are from the same area and playing in top flight football league in the country is great for the Limpopo province, but it would be more great if Leopards can manage to be promoted to represent the northern region of the Limpopo province.
“Madidinngwe” as they are known to the football fraternity in South Africa, are gunning for promotion to the PSL and this time not through the play-offs, but automatically as they are going to be the NFD champions at the end of the 2016/2017 NFD season. Their plans and preparations says it all, there is no need for one of the senior team management to explain.
Black leopards has top talent in their team and if used well those players can turn things for the benefit of the team. The likes of Sphelele Ntshangase, Rogert Nyundu, and Marks Munyai to mention a few, they are professional players with a lot of talent and great vision for the game of football. The players only need self-motivation as they have already represented the Bafana national team, meaning they have acquired enough experience to win things in football.
The team is in good hands with Chief Thidiela and his Father David Thidiela. They are very determined to take the team to great heights. The only problem with the team is the changing of coaches as it affects players’ mentality and focus. They just have to identify a long term coach who will be able to assess the team structure and implement long term goals. Coaches are different in tactics and style of play, so to have 3 coaches in one season does not help a team at all. Even if they may manage to bring in top coaches, it affects players’ performances and mentality to be coached by more than 2 coaches in a season.
Another thing for Black leopards to do as a hobby is to monitor local talent in the province through scouts. They must have scouts all over the province and make sure they don’t lose local talent to teams in other provinces. If they were doing this currently they would have been the first team to have identified top players like Eric Mathoho, Reuben Ravhuhali, and other top players from Limpopo province. There is a lot of top talent in the province and those players are just waiting for opportunities.
So far so good, Black leopards will definitely play in the PSL in the near future. If well implemented their plan should sustain the team in the top flight football league in the country and even win trophies.