Preview - Swallows v Leopards
Black Leopards? head coach Boebie Solomons will reunite with Moroka Swallows assistant coach Innocent Mayoyo, when his side go hunting for three Absa Premiership points at the Germiston Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3.45pm).
Mayoyo described Solomons as his mentor since he did duty under the Leopards coach at Engen Santos and later Maritzburg United as both player and assistant.
However with results not forthcoming for the 'Birds' since the new season kicked-off, Mayoyo told the official Swallows website that although he has respect for Solomons, Leopards can expect strikers Sandile Ndlovu and James Chamanga to be at their best.
"It's been mine and Ian Gororwa's duty to find combinations in the team and to get the desired results," explained Mayoyo, "[And] yes we have chopped and changed the squad since we came into the job, but we now know what to expect from the players.
"Both [Ndlovu and Chamanga] have scored already since joining us at the beginning of the season, which shows that they are more than capable of taking up the goal-scoring responsibilities for the team."
Meanwhile the Leopards camp has been under a dark cloud, after they lost their captain Fernando Matola in a car crash in September. Solomons was thankful for the two-week break as the club had the opportunity to pay their respects to their Matola.
"We went to Mozambique and visited Matola's grave. It was good for us, especially the players because they were disapointed not to have been able to go to the funeral because of the schedule at the time," Solomons told psl.co.za.
He added: "We also had the chance to brush up on some tactics as we played some friendlies against teams from the lower leagues [Vodacom League and First Division Inland], because we don't have too many top-flight team here in Limpopo.
"[But] I'm not too worried about that because what was important was that the players get a good run and maintained their fitness both mentally and physically."