New Black Leopards midfielder Thabo Matlaba says he did not expect his career to lead him to Limpopo. Matlaba joined Leopards last month from Orlando Pirates, with the player saying he had expected to end his career in Soweto.

Matlaba says he is not bitter over how his relationship and Pirates ended. However, the player is pleased to be playing in his home province and he is looking forward to playing in the local derbies.

The 31-year-old further clarifies that he had good relations with all the coaches at Pirates adding that he understood why they did not play him last season.

Matlaba reveals that it was easy for him to decide on Lidoda Duvha because he wanted to start afresh away from Johannesburg where his family is currently based.

Matlaba says experience brought by Leopards management so far is invaluable.

The left-back spent a week with his new teammates after joining Leopards’ pre-season training camp late. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago