Heric: 'Tso' has impressed me

Black Leopards coach, Vladislav Heric is hoping for reversed fortunes for his side in the second round of the Absa Premiership.

The return to the elite league has provided challenging moments for Leopards who are now second from bottom with 10 points from 15 games. This record worries Heric – who was hired mid-first round of the season to turn things around.

“Every match will benefit us, we still looking for the balance as we have a lot of games on our schedule. We have the league, CAF and the Nedbank Cup. This is an advantage because our performances will improve game by game,” he said.

“All of these matches will benefit the players, the more games we have, the more matured players will become, especially for the league games.”

Towards the end of the year, Leopards signed former Bafana Bafana midfielder, Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilikazi after falling out of favour with National First division side, MP Black Aces.

“I’m very impressed with ‘Tso’. He has been working very hard at training and has proved that he still has a lot to offer. I believe that he can get back to the form that made him a star at Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.”

The Limpopo based outfit has managed to lure quite a few players during the break. The likes of Siphiwe Mkhonza and Zvenyika Makonese should add to the much needed depth and experience for the CAF Confederations Cup.

Leopards will face Eastern Cape outfit, Blackburn Rovers in the last 32 stages of the Nedbank Cup. Heric said they will not underestimate Blackburn.

“All the teams, irrespective of their status, have equal chances. There are no favourites. We were in the final last year and we also have a reputation of doing well in cup competitions,” Heric added.

The former African Warriors coach has done his homework. He knows what to expect from his oppopsition.

“I know quite a bit about the team. They have a very good coach and they are doing well in the NFD league, so it’s going to be an interesting encounter.” He concluded.