Leopards players eager to perform
Black Leopards assistant coach Abel Makhubela says the players are pleased to be back in training and looking forward to the new season.
Lidoda Duvha will start playing long before the rest of the PSL as they have a two-legged tie with Sudanese side Al-Merreikh in the CAF Confederation Cup, the first of which is on June 30.
"The team is back in training since the beginning of the week which was this past Monday. We are glad to be back and are looking forward to getting this show on the road,” Makhubela told the club’s website.
“The players will be training hard to get back into shape and lose the fatigue they gained from the holidays and get that lung capacity back. The whole plan is to rejuvenate that fitness level that existed before we closed the season.
"At the moment we want to focus more on getting ready for the season rather than preparing intensively for the CAF Cup. So we are in what we call the pre-season, hard work has to be done before we think about any games.
"Our first fixture is Bloemfontein Celtics in the opening period of the 2012/13 season. I think overall it may seem that we will start with a better chance of winning unlike last season when we opened against Orlando Pirates, but I do not view it that manner. Every team in the PSL is a big team and we must fight like any other game. What makes me smile is that at least this year the players have experienced the level of play in the PSL so it will be easy to adjust.
"The CAF competition will also serve as motivation amongst the players to put more effort in raising their game and soldiering forward to bigger stages of the tournament and of the PSL. So all in all the train has started moving and once again we will try by all means to make our fans happy with keeping our winning ways." concluded Makhubela.