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Absa Premiership

Teams: Highlands Park c Black Leopards 
 
Date: 09 August 2018
 
Venue: Makhulong Stadium 
 
Black Leopards and Highlands Park will do battle in the Absa Premiership on Thursday afternoon at Makhulong Stadium.
 
The match will get underway at 15h00.
 
The two sides have been having battles in the National First Division in the quest for promotion but now have a chance to take their rivalry to another level in top flight.
 
Lidoda Duvha were promoted to the top flight after winning the play-offs, making a comeback into the Premier League for the first time since 2013.
 
The Thohoyandou side won their first match of the 2018-19 season 1-0 against local rivals Polokwane City.
 
Coach Joel Masutha has kept the bulk of the team that won them promotion, only adding Pentjie Zulu and Themba Ndlovu to their roster.
 
The notable absentee from the squad is Meshack Maphangule who starred for them in their NFD campaign, he has since joined Orlando Pirates.
 
On the other hand, the Lions of the North won promotion outright after finishing first in the 2017-18 NFD championship.
 
In their first match of the 2018-19 season, they managed a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.
 
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Highlands: Kapini, 5. Fransman, 34. Motsepe, 21. Mokoena, 20. Ramoraka, 14. Mvala, 6,. Zwane, 40. Mahlangu, 24. Rae, 31. Nyembe, M. Mokoena.
 
Subs: Heugh, Haoseb, Ngebo, Williams, Sibande, Versuur, Msimango.
 
Leopards: 32. Muleka, 3. Ndou. 39. Mashoena, 28. Munganga, 7. P. Ndlovu, 14. Nanga, 6. Mudau, 20. Nene, 11. Musonda, 10. Tshepo, 30. Mhlongo.
 
Subs: Masia, Mahangwahaya, Zulu, Hlongwane, Mokoena, Aifimi, T. Ndlovu.

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