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Baroka v Black Leopards

Baroka welcome fellow stragglers Black Leopards to Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with both sides aiming to move away from the drop zone with a second straight win.

Bakgaga ended 2018 on a high note, Jemondre Dickens' goal in first-half injury time securing a 1-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Maritzburg United, while Leopards recorded a 3-1 home win against AmaZulu, thanks to second-half goals by Lifa Hlongwane, Tshwarelo Bereng and Thabiso Mokoena.

Baroka will head into Sunday's encounter with a new player on their books, following the signing of Zimbabwean Rodwell Chinyengetere in November.

And, with Baroka finally able to register Chinyengetere at the turn of the year, he will be eligible to make his Baroka debut.

Looking ahead to the visit of Leopards on Sunday, coach Wedson Nyirenda told KickOff: "[It's] a tricky one. I mean Leopards got the three points and [they] just have to share in order to be fair. This one we need to get our three points.

"Towards the end [of 2018] we were looking good. We showed that now we are getting better, we are together. The togetherness in the team can be so evident.

"It will be a very exciting fixture. Leopards have changed their coach and after changing their coach that is when they got their results."

Black Leopards, meanwhile, have enjoyed an upturn in performances and results since the appointment of former Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr as Joel Masutha's replacement, recording a 1-1 draw with Maritzburg in his first game, followed by a 3-1 triumph over AmaZulu.

Those results have given Kerr cause for optimism, with the coach telling Backpage TXT: "The players have adapted quickly with the way they play and think. It was a matter of getting confidence.

"And the win against AmaZulu was a morale booster and has added confidence in the team."