Sunday Chidzambwa’s Black Leopards captain Mongezi Bobe is adamant they will beat Bay United in the second-leg of the promotional play-offs, while his counterpart Mashiane Phadu is confident of a win.
The first-leg ended goalless at the Galvendale Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night and the return match is set for the Tshifulanani Stadium Saturday.
Kick-off is at 2:15pm.
“There is no way we can lose to them at home,” said Bobe.
“We struggled here tonight at their home and did not play our game. They played very well and created more chances, but I don’t see them doing this up there.”
“It was a tense game as no one wanted to make a mistake, especially away from home. On Saturday (tomorrow) we’ll be more relaxed and will play our own game, we are going to win that one,” the midfield dynamo said.
Phadu was just as upbeat but admitted they squandered some chances and might regret it.
“We had the better chances but just could not finish them off. I hope it does not cost us but the thing is that we know we had the better of them,” the defender said.
“It’s going to be tough up there, the crowd, the stadium, and they will be more confident, but we won’t allow that to distract us. We had a good game and just could not finish off our chances. We need to be sharper and I am sure we will be.”
The first 45 minutes on Wednesday did not produce the best football as both teams played a little tentatively.
Neither side held the ball for sustained periods of play.
Neither side was able to dominate play.
Still, there were a couple of chances on goal from both sides, the best of which went the way of the home team. Leopards, on the other hand, really struggled to get behind the back four of Bay United and had to resort to long range efforts.
The start of the second 45 saw Leopards take the game by the scruff of the neck and play more attacking football.
Still, they weren’t really able to create any clear-cut opportunities in front of goal. —Kickoff