Struggling Leopards have it all to do

2013-05-14 15:14

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Black Leopards’ leaky defence will be exploited by Orlando Pirates when the Limpopo side continues its bid for survival against the Buccaneers tomorrow.

Most concerning to coach Sunday Chidzambwa is the fact that Leopards have kept only two clean sheets this season – against fellow strugglers Chippa United and Golden Arrows.

The five goals they let in during their 5-2 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns last week took them to 56 goals conceded in 28 Absa Premiership matches. The tally is two goals shy of the 58 they conceded last season.

They are placed at the foot of the 16-club log.

In two seasons, Lidoda Duvha have let in 113 goals.

Only six clubs have let in more than 50 in a single season since the league was reduced to 16 clubs prior to the 2002/03 season.

“It is like last season when we conceded more than any other team in the league,” said Chidzambwa.

“But we must admit that there are errors in the game and it will take time before we reach the same level as the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates – we have to work on these problems until we get them right.”

Leopards’ safest bet for survival will be collecting maximum points against Pirates on Wednesday and Free State Stars on Saturday.

Six points from their two remaining fixtures will guarantee them a finish above Chippa United, who are placed 15th with 25 points from 29 matches.

Even four points will suffice provided Chippa don’t get a positive result against AmaZulu on Saturday.

Chidzambwa was honest in his view of their situation: “If we don’t get a result against Pirates, we are out. We have to fight for our life.”

Pirates lost to Sundowns on Saturday in a match that ended the Buccaneers’ hopes of defending the league title.

Ironically, Leopards striker Rodney Ramagalela, with eight goals, is one of the contenders for the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award.

Leopards gained promotion to the PSL in 2001 but got relegated to the National First Division at the end of the 2007/8 campaign.

They bounced back two seasons ago via the national promotion playoffs.

» Clubs that have conceded 50+ goals


» Mpumalanga Black Aces conceded 53 goals and scored a paltry 19 – they were relegated


» Bay United let in 56 (scored 26) and were relegated

» Thanda Royal Zulu conceded 58 (scored 40) and still couldn’t retain their top-flight football status via the national playoffs


» Maritzburg United conceded 50 (scored 24) and were relegated


» Now defunct Zulu Royals let in 61 goals (scored 30) and got relegated


» African Wanderers got relegated, having conceded 62 and scored 21

The list is restricted to 16-club tables

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