05/23/2012 2:11 AM
BlackLeopardsFC.com grants you a one on one interview with the club’s Public Relations and Communication Manager Tendani Thidiela.
With the team having had a fantastic season in joining the PSL and avoiding relegation and adding to the glory a current impressive run in the CAF Confedarations Cup, it is a successful season for Lidodas Duvha.
BlackLeopardsFC.com: Greetings to you sir.
Tendani Thidiela: Kind greetings to you and thank you for having me.
BL: How did you view the team’s performance all/during the season?
TT: We had a shaky start, coming off a long season before that coming from playoffs and having reached the Nedbank final, but the long December break afforded the players a chance to rest and the management a chance to re-focus and from the turn of the year we picked up the tempo and that saw us climb up from the bottom of the league.
BL: How does the technical team feel about the achievements that the team has done, regarding the PSL survival?
TT: Our primary objective was to remain in the PSL, the first season back it’s vital to stay in, the 1st two seasons back thus act as a foundation, consistency attracts sponsors and more importantly fans.
BL: Is the team still at camp or are they to have a break?
TT: The team is on a deserved holiday until the 18th of June, they’ve been given individual programs to follow during the break, and it will be an active rest.
BL: What is the attitude towards the CAF Confederations Cup upcoming matches?
TT: Confidence is high, we’ve defied expectations thus far, and we looking on being the 1st South African team to reach the group stages in this format.
BL: Is the team more motivated to play more in the CAF competition?
TT: Look, no competition is more important than the other; the PSL is and always will be priority, as it affords us an opportunity to play in this competition.
BL: Any injuries or players moving from or to the team?
TT: None, we have a strong and rigid team and we are happy.
BL: Coach Sunday returns, will the team be more effective and competitive?
TT: Coach Sunday knows these youngsters as he helped assemble them with the rest of the technical team, they respond well to him, so next season will be a continuation of the form we displayed this second half of the season.
BL: What are the plans for the next season is the team preparing to finish in the middle or top of the table instead of fighting relegation?
TT: No team ever plans on fighting relegation, we believe that the players we have, we’re capable of a minimum top 10 finish.
BL: Where will your home ground be, Peter Mokaba or Giyani?
TT: Peter mokaba is our home base, and Giyani stadium is our alternate ground, and should Thohoyandou stadium be refurbished on time we will take a few games there.
BL: Thank you for giving your time to chat with us.
TT: You are welcomed. Thank you.