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Leopards on top of the NFD


Black Leopards climbed to the top of the National First Division Inland stream after a hard fought 2-1 win over Dynamos at the Giyani stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The visiting side took the lead as early as the 4th minute. Striker, Rodney Ramagalela lashed on a high ball that the Dynamos defense failed to clear and the youngster comfortably placed the ball out of Tyron Damon’s reach to make the score 1-0.

The goal seemed to spark some life into Lidoda Duvha as they began to pile on the pressure in search of the second goal. It was no surprise when the Thohoyandou side extended their lead courtesy of veteran striker, Dingane Masanabo.

Two minutes after the first goal, Fisher Kondowe whipped in a corner and the former Tembisa Classic marksmen outjumped the Dynamos defenders on the first pole to head the ball past a helpless Damons.

With two goals down, the home side began to establish themselves in the game and conjured a few promising attacks of their own, only to be let down by some poor finishing from their strikers. In the 29th minute Dynamos were rewarded when Vusimusi Dhlamini played a through ball to Charles Kalayire who got behind the Black Leopards defense.

The Malawian international played an inch perfect cross to the unmarked Booler Shabalala on the far post who volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

The second period of the match started in a fast pace as the Giyani based side began dominating proceedings as they tried their best to get the equaliser. Unfortunately for them most of their attacks were brought to a halt by the central pairing of Vincent Mabusela and Harry Nyirenda in the heart of the Leopard’s defense.

With Leopards happy to preserve their lead Dynamos’ last real chance of the game came in the 80th minute. Thamsanqa Tibe whipped in a cross from the left-hand side that was met by Taongo Tibe who’s header hit the cross bar.

That was to be Dynamos’ last goal attempt of the match as Chief Thidiela’s men ran away with the three points to move to the summit of the Inland stream, level on 22 points with both Jomo Cosmos and Pretoria University respectively.-PSL website


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