Stars, Leopards in friendly
Platinum Stars take on Black Leopards in a friendly on Saturday that serves as a final tune-up for the sides ahead of the 2012/13 season.
The match will be a perfect chance for both coaches to assess their sides ahead of what is sure to be an exciting campaign for both teams.
Stars have recently returned from a camp in Mpumalanga that coach Cavin Johnson described as a huge success, and will also meet either University of Pretoria or Bay United in a friendly next week.
That will be a final chance to get rid of some pre-season rustiness before they face Moroka Swallows in their opening Premier League match of the campaign at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, August 12.
Leopards open their season with a home game against Bloemfontein Celtic on August 11.
Johnson says the friendlies are vital in fine-tuning his plans for the new season.
“They will be two very competitive games and that is what we need at this stage,” he says. “Leopards had a great run in the CAF Confederation Cup and so have been playing up until fairly recently. We know they will be in good shape and that is what we want, a good, hard run-out for our players.”