Black Leopards cannot afford to lose a second derby at home

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Black Leopards striker Lesedi “TT” Kapinga says his side is preparing for the Limpopo Absa Premiership derby against Baroka FC like they do with any other opposition.

The sides meet on Sunday afternoon (Kick-off at 15:00) in Thohoyandou. Kapinga, who scored two goals so far this season wants to do better in front of goal.

The sides are separated by one point on the league table with the hosts in 12th spot with four points and their visitors in ninth position with five points all from four matches.

The 24 year old, though seen as one of the threats in the Leopards camp, does not want to focus on himself as a target.

Tshwarelo Bereng,  who just returned from national duty with Lesotho, spoke about working with his country’s new coach Thabo Senong, saying he has seen the difference the mentor brought to the team.

As far as the derby is concerned Bereng says it will come down to who wants it the most on Sunday.

Lidoda Duvha bagged maximum points in both legs of this tie last season, and Bakgaga have had a better start to the 2019/2020 campaign.

The midfielder says he and teammates are now understanding coach Lionel Soccoia’s methods.

Meanwhile Soccoia says victory over their provincial rivals is not a negotiation this weekend.

After losing the first derby against Polokwane City in the season opener, Soccoia says his side cannot afford to lose to another rival at home. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago