Black Leopards FC
THE LIDODA DUVHA STORY The club was established in 1983 through the initiatives of various business people of Venda. The club is based in the far north of the Limpopo province in Thohoyandou. In 1998 it was taken over by the Thidiela family. After just two seasons of campaigning in the first division Black Leopards was promoted to the elite premiere league. The campaign in the premiere division started during the 2001/2002 season and the performance was phenomenal. Black Leopards eclipsed the usual well-known giants of South African football. by mid-season recess, the club was at position 2, a superb performance by any standard for a new team in the elite league. While other clubs where fighting to avoid relegation to the first division at the end of the season, Black Leopards was well placed within the top eight performers and finished comfortably in the top eight. At the beginning of the second season in the premiere league, we surprised all by not only qualifying for the one day Telkom charity cup, but by also receiving the highest number of votes with a total of over 27 000 votes.
Even though for the better part of the season, we were not in a comfortable position in the league standings, we managed to pull yet another surprise, after everyone had written us off as relegated, by winning all our last ten matches with an average of three goals per match. The team's supporters never lost hope even when the results were not forthcoming as they continued to pack the stadium during the hard times. They continued with their support and voted us again for the second time in a row to participate in the Telkom charity cup with votes over 150 000. The supporters understand that this team is not only about soccer; it is a way of life.
Since the promotion of the team to the premier league, many people have benefited in one way or another: transport business, hotels, food vendors and local fresh produce markets make most of their business on match days. Employment is also created through the team. The socio-economic status of the area has improved tremendously. Black Leopards FC was relegated back to the National First Division League at the end of the 2007/8 season. The Club was promoted back to the Premier Division at the end of the 2010/2011 season only to be relegated again at the end of the 2012/13 Season. The Club reached play offs at the end of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 season but failed in its bid for promotion. The Club is now looking to gain promotion at the end of the 2016/17 season.
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