History

Black Leopards FC

Club Name : Black Leopards Football Club
Nickname : Lidoda Duvha

Head Coach : Ivan Minnaert

Formed : 1983

Club Colours : Black and Orange

Home Stadium : Peter Mokaba Stadium
Alternative Stadium : Thohoyandou Stadium  

Club Website Address : www.blackleopardsfc.com

Club History

The club was founded in 1983 by business people in Venda in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. In 1998, the club was taken over by the Thidiela family.

1996/97  Winners of the 1st division Northern Stream. Last in a 4 team playoff system to remain in the 1st Division.

1997/98  8th in the Inland Stream on the 1st Division.

1998/99  9th in the Inland Stream on the 1st Division. Lost in 0 – 3 to Supersport United in 1st round of Bobsave Superbowl.

1999/00  6th in the Inland Stream on the 1st Division.

2000/01  Winners of the Inland Stream on the 1st Division and promoted to the PSL. Lost in 0 – 2 to Kaizer Chiefs in 1st round of Bobsave Superbowl.

2001/02  8th in the NSL Premier League. Lost 0 – 1 to Manning Rangers in the preliminary round of the Coca Cola Cup (League Cup).

2002/03  11th in the NSL Premier League. Lost 2 – 3 to Santos in the 1st round on the BP Top 8. Lost 1 – 1 (7-8 penalties) to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Telkom Charity Shield. Lost 0 – 0 (1-3 penalties) to Ajax CT in the quarterfinals of the Coca Cola Cup (League Cup). Lost 1 – 2 to Hellenic in the last eight of the ABSA Cup.

2003/04  8th in the NSL Premier League. Lost 0 – 3 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the semifinals of the Telkom Charity Shield. Lost 0 – 2 in the 1st round of the ABSA Cup. Lost 0 – 1 to Wits in the 1st round of the Coca Cola Cup (League Cup).

2004/05  14th in the NSL Premier League. Lost 0 – 2 to Kaizer Chiefs in the semifinals of the Telkom Charity Shield. Lost 1 – 2 AET to Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinals of the SAA Super 8. Lost 0 – 2 to Moroka Swallows in the quarterfinals of the Coca Cola Cup (League Cup). Lost 0 – 4 to Orlando Pirates in the 2nd round of the ABSA Cup.

2005/06  12th in the NSL Premier League. Lost 0 – 1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the semifinals of the Telkom Charity Shield. Lost 2 – 2 (3-4 penalties) to Orlando Pirates in the 1st round of the Coca Cola Cup (League Cup). Lost 0 – 1 to Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinals of the ABSA Cup.

2006/07   11th in the Castle Premiership. Lost 1 - 3 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.  Lost 1 – 3 to Benoni Premier United in the 1st round of the ABSA Cup.

2007/08  15th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 on aggregate to Bay United in the Promotional Playoffs and relegated to the NFD. Lost 1 – 1 (4-5 penalties) to Bloemfontein Celtic in the 1st round of the Telkom Knockout.  Lost 2 – 3 to Amazulu in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.

2008/09  6th in the Inland Stream of the NFD. Lost 1 – 2 to Moroka Swallows in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup.

2009/10  Winners of the Inland Stream of the NFD. Lost 2 – 3 to Vasco da Gama in the Championship Playoff. Beat African Warriors 6 – 3 in the semifinals of the Promotional Playoffs, but lost 3 – 3 (3 - 5 penalties) to MP Black Aces in the final of the Promotional Playoffs to remain in the NFD.  

2010/11  Runner Up to Jomo Cosmos in the Inland Stream of the NFD. Beat Vasco da Gama 4 – 2 in the semifinals of the Promotional Playoffs. Beat Bay United 2 – 0 in the final of the Promotional Playoffs to gain promotion to the ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 3 to Orlando Pirates in the final of the Nedbank Cup.

2011/12  14th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 to Orlando Pirates in the 1st round of the Telkom Knockout.  Lost 0 – 4 to Kaizer Chiefs in the 2nd round of the Nedbank Cup.

2012/13  16th in the ABSA Premiership and relegated to the NFD. Lost 0 – 2 to Orlando Pirates in the 1st round of the Telkom Knockout.  Lost 0 – 2 to Platinum Stars in the 2nd round of the Nedbank Cup.

2013/14 2nd in the NFD. Lost 0 – 1 AET to Kaizer Chiefs in 1st round of the Nedbank Cup. Finished second behind Polokwane City in the Promotional Playoffs and remain in the NFD. 

2014/15 3rd in the NFD. Beat FC Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank cup before losing 2 – 3 AET to Vasco Da Gama.

2015/16  8th in the NFD. Beat African Warriors 1 – 1 (3-1 Pen)  in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup, but lost 1 – 3 to Maritzburg United in round one.

2016/17  2nd in the NFD. Finished 2nd to Baroka FC in the Promotional Playoffs to stay in the NFD. Lost 3 – 4 to FC Cape Town in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup.

2017/18