Black Leopards midfielder Karabo “Stich” Tshepe says the kind of signings his side has made so far, show seriousness for the  2019/20 Absa Premiership season.

Leopards announced the return of midfielder Abubakar Mumuni and the acquisition of former Orlando Pirates man Thabo Matlaba on Monday.

The experienced duo joins Thuso Phala and Mogakolodi Ngele who arrived last week. Tshepe however pleads for patience from Leopards fans with the new players.

Tshepe also reveals that there were never any concrete offers from anywhere looking for his signature. There were reports from as early as April this year linking Tshepe with a move away from Leopards to Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates.

Tshepe is currently in pre-season camp with Leopards and he reveals that there was never anything concrete from anyone. The 30 year-old says pre-season is tough with a new coach and new methods saying it’s important for them to understand Lionel Soccoia before the campaign starts.

Lidoda Duvha finished the previous season in 13th spot with 30 points and Tshepe says the biggest lessons came when they played away. Leopards open the coming term with a Limpopo derby against Polokwane City on 4 August in Thohoyandou.

Tshepe knows there will be expectations from fans for them to start with a win over their provincial rivals. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago