08/11/2012 4:21 PM
Black Leopards got the Premier Soccer League campaign up and running with a 3-2 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
New signing Brian Abbas Amidu opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Thomas Madimba doubled his side's lead with 66 minutes on the clock.
Jean Djunga Munganga then saw red and immediately the tie was tuhttp://ism3.infinityprosports.com/ISM3/onframes.php?ism_setmodule=homerned on it's head.
Siphamandla Sithole gave Celtic some real hope of getting something out of the tie with his 76th minute own-goal before Letladi Madubanya levelled the scores on 77 minutes.
Despite their renewed vigour, it was Rodney Ramagalela who sealed all three points for Leopards when he converted from the penalty spot with 10 minutes of the match remaining.
It was a phenomenal start for Lidoda Duvha.
And they led at half-time through former Kaizer Chiefs striker Amidu's sensational 25 yard shot that gave Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb no chance.
Celtic then gifted Madimba his goal before Leopards made two horrendous mistakes themselves that enabled Phunya Sele Sele to claw their way back into the tie - but only after Munganga was perhaps harshly dismissed.
But referee Victor Gomes went some way to making up for that decision when he awarded Leopards a penalty that Ramagalela duly converted.
Gomes then completed his night and that of Celtic's John Arwuah, when he showed him two yellow cards, in the space of a few minutes, the second for a very rough challenge that was more worthy of a red than that of Munganga.