Leopards’ claws out for Wolves
Black Leopards need to overturn a two-goal deficit when they meet Warri Wolves in the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup second round on Sunday.
Lidoda Duvha were beaten in the first leg in Nigeria, but crucially claimed an away goal through Raymond Monama which could prove crucial at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Leopards’ players asked to have the game switched from Giyani to the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue because they feel the larger playing surface will give them more of a chance of breaking Wolves down.
A 2-0 win would be enough to see them through on the away goals, but keeping a clean-sheet would be a major achievement for a side who is averaging almost two goals against per League match this season.
They have also not been helped by the departure of coach Vlad Heric this week, with the Serb apparently abandoning his post on Monday.
He claims he handed in his resignation, while the club insist they have received no official word from him.
The squad will therefore be led by technical director Sunday Chidzambwa, whom Heric replaced as head coach of the side in October.
Chidzambwa does at least have vast experience of playing on the continent, having previously Zimbabwean side Dynamos in African club competition, as well as coached his national team.
Wolves’ Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman has declared a clean bill of health for his side, and also stated that they are confident of completing the job in South Africa.