Leopards get relegation lifeline after win over Chiefs who remain rooted to the bottom half

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Black Leopards two-goal hero Tiklas Thutlwa is joined in celebration by his teammates Sanele Mthenjwa and Ovidy Karuru following their win over Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday. Photo: Kabelo Leputu / BackpagePix
Black Leopards two-goal hero Tiklas Thutlwa is joined in celebration by his teammates Sanele Mthenjwa and Ovidy Karuru following their win over Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday. Photo: Kabelo Leputu / BackpagePix

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Is it a case of too little too late for Black Leopards?

The relegation placed Lidoda Duvha pulled off an incredible comeback win to upset Kaizer Chiefs with a 2-1 win at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday in the PSL.

Leonardo Castro opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Amakhosi but the hosts fought back and courtesy of a brace from Tiklas Thutlwa, who scored in the 44th and 64th minute, grabbed the much needed three points.

Chiefs’ poor domestic run continues even after qualifying for the semifinals of the CAF Champions League at the weekend.

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With their DStv Premiership status on the line, Leopards needed to win in their desperate bid to avoid automatic relegation.

They now have a glimmer of hope as they trail Chippa United by only three points as they bid for 15th position which would qualify them for the promotion/relegation playoffs.

The Venda-based club are on 22 points with two games remaining, and will pray for Chippa United to drop points in their remaining two games.

Leopard’s only possibilities are automatic relegation or the playoffs, as they have little chance of catching up with Stellenbosch in 14th place with 27 points.

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Should they qualify for the playoffs, it will be for a second consecutive season after they kept their premier division status by beating Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Ajax Cape Town last season.

Chiefs, meanwhile, have a slim chance of qualifying for the top eight. Following the result, they remain in 11th position with 30 points from 28 games.

Amakhosi, with 10 loses so far, are three points outside of the top half where Baroka are eighth with 33 points.


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