04/18/2012 5:25 AM
Black Leopards seem to have put their disastrous early-season form behind them and have won three of their last four matches, hoisting themselves three points clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining.
They will be traveling to Charles Mopeli Stadium to face Free State Stars who have blown away the competition in South Africa's most lucrative cup this season, scalping Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to set up a semi-final encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns.
This will be a totally different ball game as the PSL League is heating up close to the end with Lidoda Duvha fighting to move away from the bottom and on the other hand Ea Lla Koto who wnt to keep up with the pole position team.
Stars' Premiership form has taken a knock in recent weeks, with the side managing just four wins from their last 11 league matches. They are in little danger of slipping out the top eight though, as they hold a seven-point lead over AmaZulu, who occupy the final MTN8 qualifying position.
On the team front, neither coach has any suspensions to deal with, although Ayanda Gcaba, Rudiger Gilbert, Enva Wiltwer, Morou Zakari and Daniel Agbagwu are all on two bookings for Stars, meaning they will need to tread lightly to avoid a third yellow card and ultimately a one-match ban.
Leopards have fewer players walking the tight rope, with trio Kleinbooi Taaibos, Vincent Xakane and Harry Nyirenda facing possible suspensions.
Leopards: Maphaha (Maluleke 50’); Dzaga, Khoza, Mabusela, Xakane, Bobe, Mabunda, Duiker, Mapolisa (Sibeko 86’), Nkhatha, Zulu (Obaje 65’)
Stars: Mweene, Makola (Mosikili 58’), Gcaba, Mashaba, Masehe, Gilbert, Gege, Ouro-Akoriko, Sekgobela (Chivuta 46’), Wiltwer, (Lebyane 75’) Wome