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South Africa: Leopards still at Peter Mokaba

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Media reports had earlier quoted club chairman, David Thidiela, as saying they would not go back to the stadium that hosted some of the FIFA 2010 World Cup games because they have won just two out of nine games played there since the start of this year’s season.

But club spokesman Tendani Thidiela has countered this report saying the Giyani stadium, where the club has since moved its matches, is only an alternative home ground for their matches.

“People think just because the team has not had highlights at Mokaba we want to disown the venue, which is not true. We respect the Stadium and it is our home ground,” he says.

“This is a world-class stadium and we are proud to call it our home ground. Compared to Giyani, one may see that we win most matches when we play in Giyani, that is because we are a Limpopo team and have a huge fan base when we play in Giyani. This is no reason to state that there is something wrong with Peter Mokaba Stadium.

“Giyani is our alternative venue and we like playing there because the fans come in numbers and we feel at home. Just like we feel warm at Peter Mokaba Stadium, hence it is the representative venue of our PSL status.

“In addition one may also keep in mind that our supporters travel 80km to get to Venda as compared to 40km to Giyani. These are some of the reasons that play part in deciding to play more games in Giyani. But excuses aside we will have to improve our performance to attract the crowds to Peter Mokaba, which is part of the plans from now onto the next seasons,” Thidiela added.

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