Black Leopards have announced mining company Yethembe Group as their sponsor for the next three seasons.
Lidoda Duvha announced the new sponsorship at a press conference in Sandton on Wednesday. It will be hoped that the injection of cash into the club will signal a change in fortunes on the field – the Venda club has been without a sponsor for the past seven years.
Twice in the past three seasons, Leopards had to go into a promotional play-off to retain their top-flight status.
This past season, they were in a battle with Ajax Cape Town and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivandila to be one of the 16 teams in the DStv Premiership.
Leopards director Tshifhiwa Thidiela said he was hoping that the sponsorship deal would be the turning point for the club.
“As a club, we are pleased to announce this partnership with Yethembe Group. Operating without a sponsor brings about some challenges, but that is about to change,” he said.
“We are looking forward to the new season and I can assure you that things will be bigger and better.”
The team has appointed Belgian Patrick Aussems as their new coach for the season. The club also announced it had signed Tebogo Sodi, Roderick Kabwe, Onyedikachi Ononogbu, Matsimbi Tsepo, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Rikhotso Ntlakuso, Wiseman Maluleke, Tebogo Makobela, Sibusiso Khumalo and Roggert Nyundu.
The coach and players are in camp preparing for their opening league match against SuperSport United on Saturday.