By FOCUS REPORTER
BLACK Leopards’ dreams to qualify for the 2010/11 season’s National First Division promotion/relegation play-offs were dealt a blow after they were deducted three points by the Premier Soccer League’s DC.
This after the relegated Batau FC of Mpumalanga lodged a protest against Leopards that they had field a defaulter in Edgar Manaka during their league match on March 6 at the JC Swanepoel Stadium.
The league’s DC investigated the case and were satisfied that Leopards had indeed fielded unregistered player in Manaka and were found guilty, but the judgement was with-held until yesterday when the league’ prosecutor, Zola Majavu confirmed that they have deducted three points from the club.
“It is true that we reached the conclusion in this case, and Leopards were charged with fielding a defaulter, Edgar Manaka – who was not properly registered – in their match against Batau FC on the said date. Leopards were deducted the points gained in respect of fielding Edgar Manaka in the match against Batau FC are expunged, and they were also ordered to carry the costs of all the sittings in respect of this matter,” confirmed Majavu.
Leopards who were on the second position with 35 points have now dropped to third with 32, and they are just two points behind second placed Pretoria University who this afternoon played to a goal-less draw against away to Witbank Spurs.
Lidoda Duvha however still stand a chance to go through to the play-offs should they beat United FC in their last match away in Botshabelo on May 8 while at the same time crossing their fingers that AmaTuks lose their last match to FC AK at home on the same day.