Black Leopards determined to send Sudanese packing

2012-07-11 14:31

Black Leopards have vowed to hoist the country’s flag high by advancing to the group stage of the CAF Confederations Cup at the expense of the visiting Al-Merreikh of Sudan.

The two teams meet at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Sudanese taking a first-leg 3-2 lead. Leopards need a victory to qualify for the next round of the tournament and they are determined to send the visitors packing.

Club boss David Thidiela has asked the nation to rally behind the team, saying it was the right thing to do.

“We want to do it for the country and we are positive of getting positive results,” said Thidiela.

He said the team could not come so far to lose it in the final hurdle. “We have been through a lot travelling on the continent and we cannot just throw everything away.

It has been a learning experience for the team and now we believe we can go all the way to the final of the tournament,” added Thidiela.

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has also wished Lidoda Duvha luck.

Igesund said Leopards’ good run in the tournament has once again demonstrated the country’s potential to do well in continental competitions.

“For the national team to do well we need players who know the condition of the continent because it is not easy,” said Igesund.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said the association would back Leopards all the way because their success augers well for the country.

“We will give them all the support they need to succeed in this tournament. They have inspired the country so far and we wish them all the best,” said Nematandani.

Leopards marketing and brand manager Tshifhiwa Thidiela appealed for financial support from South African business saying it was not easy participating in the tournament.

He said they spent about R500 000 on their trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their funds were running dry.

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