Sport - Date: 04 August 2022
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 850
As part of their many ways to rebuild the team, Black Leopards have parted ways with seven of the players who were part of their squad for last season.
Although all the officials from the club were reluctant to confirm this, Limpopo Mirror can safely reveal that the players whose relationship with Lidoda duvha has come to an end include Isaac Masia, Mumuni Abubakar, Daniel Gozar, Brodwin Palmer, Heyong Stephane, Maboke Matlakala and Ethen Sampson.
According to the source, Masia’s contract with the club had expired at the end of June. The club’s attempts to extend their contract with the former right back of Magesi FC did not bear any fruit as the 27-year-old Masia has entered into a two-year contract with the KwaZulu Natal DStv Premiership side, Maritzburg United.
Maboke Matlakala, who was on loan to the Thohoyandou side, has returned to his former club, Marumo Gallants. Although Stephane was still contracted to the club for another 12 months, the two parties had agreed to part ways amicably. Daniel Gozar was recalled by his club, Moroka Swallows, after his loan contract with Leopards had expired.
As for Brodwin Palmer, Ethen Sampson and Mumuni Abubakar, the club had shown no interest in their services after their contracts had lapsed.
When asked about the new faces in the team’s camp, the club’s general manager, Mr Elijah Mulaudzi, indicated that they would make an announcement when the time was right.
Black Leopards were fighting for survival for the better part of last season. The team then made a comeback and collected the maximum points in eight of their last 10 matches and shared the spoils on two occasions. Lidoda duvha finished their league programme in the ninth spot last season, following their superb performance in their last 10 games.
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Isaac Masia left Leopards to join for Maritzburg United. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.