Who have Leopards signed?
MTNFootball.com brings you a rundown of who Black Leopards have signed ahead of the 2012/13 PSL season …
Brian Amidu (Kaizer Chiefs)
Amidu arrives from Kaizer Chiefs on a three-year contract with high hopes that he could be the next Knowledge Musona. Amidu followed a similar path from Aces Academy to Chiefs in January 2012, but did not make a single appearance for the Glamour Boys. He has since been purchased by Leopards as a replacement for Kingston Nkhatha, who moved in the opposite direction.
Odimba Lama (Baobab Zero Fake)
Leopards hope that Lama will solve their goalkeeping woes that saw them use a number of stoppers in the last campaign. He joins from lower league side Baobab Zero Fake, where his impressive performances have caught the eye. Physically imposing, he is a good shot-stopper and strong in the air. His inexperience at PSL level might have to see him wait his turn, but the club believe he has a long top-flight future ahead of him.
Mandlazi (Baobab Zero Fake)
Not much is known about Mandlazi, except that he is an attacking midfielder from lower league side Baobab Zero Fake, who impressed Leopards officials. He has a tremendous eye for goal and brings pace to the side as well. He will be given time to find his feet at PSL level, but Leopards believe they have unearthed a gem.
Born in Durban, Miya was once on the books of Kaizer Chiefs as a junior, where he excelled with their Under-20 side, skippering the team. He played with the likes of Thela Ngobeni, Shakes Sondhlane, Mzuvele Skhosana, and Siyanda Xulu, who is now at Mamelodi Sundowns. There were also the likes of Michael Nkambule, Itumeleng Khune, and Gregory Mabena ahead of him. He is a central midfielder with plenty of industry and arrived from National First Division side Dynamos.
Munganga (St Eloi Lupopo, DR Congo)
Munganga was signed on the back of his displays against Leopards in the 2012 CAF Confederations Cup, where Lidoda Duvha knocked out his DR Congo side, St Eloi Lupopo. But the Limpopo side were impressed with the strong midfield displays of Munganga and decided to make a move for the player. He scored against Leopards in the second CAF match, which capped an excellent all-round display.
Thulani Ntshingila (Dynamos)
Left-winger Nthsingila was skipper of the Dynamos side that were relegated from the National First Division at the end of the 2011/12 season. But he could not be faulted for the troubles his side found themselves in and when he became available, he was snapped up by Lidoda Duvha. He will bring pace, guile and hopefully goals to the Leopards midfield.