Black Leopards to give no quarter in First Division play-off

2010-04-07 00:00

BLACK Leopards’ skipper Robert N’gambi, the two-goal hero against Mpumalanga Black Aces in the first leg in Venda last week, has promised his side will make life difficult for their opponents when they meet in the National First Division promotion play-off return match in Witbank at 3pm today.

Leopards took a giant step towards rejoining the PSL after three seasons in the NFD when they beat Aces 2-1 in Venda on Saturday.

Speaking to after the game, the Malawi international vowed his team will not surrender their chance for promotion to Aces.

“We have fought hard to be where we are.

“We lost the first chance against Vasco da Gama and now we are not going to give up our second chance,” N’gambi said.

“They still have an advantage of having scored an away goal, but also we scored more goals than them at home.

“There is still going to be a hard battle ahead, but I am confident that we will emerge victorious on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile Aces’ captain, defender Felix Musasa, boldly stated that his team will win the return tie this afternoon.

“We will win it, there is no doubt about that,” he told the PSL website. “We are very sure of ourselves and we know we can do it.”

The former Orlando Pirates player complained about the playing conditions at Tshifulanani in Venda.

“It was not a very good field and we also used the wrong boots in the first half. That ground requires a multi-stud boot and most of us use six studs. But some of us changed and it was not so bad in the second half,” the Congolese native said.

“But this time there will be no excuses or mistakes. We will win this one convincingly.”

Aces’ hopes of retaining their PSL status will rest on Pietermaritzburg-born midfielder Sandile Zuke, on-form marksman Mpho Maleka and Zambian international winger Clifford Mulenga.

Leopards coach Vadislav Heric will look to Malawian internationals Fischer Kondowe and Peter Mponda and Ugandan goalkeeper Potsnet Omony to give his side the edge.

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