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Jean Francois Lusciuto resigns as Black Leopards coach

Posted: 18 June 2017 Time: 15:53

KickOff.com has been informed that Jean Francois Lusciuto has resigned as Black Leopards coach with immediate effect.

The Belgian-born mentor was appointed as the club coach in November last year on a three-year deal, taking over from Sello Chokoe at the time, and made a steady improvement at the club.

His influence at the club saw Lidoda Duvha finish second on the National First Division log table and qualify for the promotion play-offs.

This website can confirm that Luscuito left in the wake of Leopards' failure to qualify for top flight football next season after a draw against Baroka FC, who retained their status, in a play-off match yesterday was not enough. 

The club's finance director Rendani Thidiela revealed that Luscuito has stated his intention to relinquish his duties but is yet to sign a letter.

"Yes, he has resigned. He asked for a meeting last night after the game and he was giving us his intention that he's going to be resigning," Thidiela tells KickOff.com.

"We haven't had a formal meeting and we haven't received a formal resignation letter but it was the conversation we had yesterday.

"But in the conversation we did make certain that there's no room to keep him with us and he asked us to release him from his contract because he signed a three year contract and it was due to expire in 2019.

"It all happened after dinner after the game but we haven't sorted it in the formal meeting as yet because he's leaving for Belgium on Wednesday next week and we'll have it wrapped up tomorrow or Tuesday before he leaves."

Thidiela graciously stated that the club will not stand in Luscuito's way once he has tendered his resignation in the form of a letter as he wished to avoid a situation similar to the one Luc Eymael was embroiled in

"You can't force someone to stay who doesn't want to stay. We don't want to find ourselves with a situation like Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic found themselves in," he added

"So I think now it is just a contractual issue and if the coach does want to leave he is more than welcome to leave. In an employment rule it is common courtesy that you state where you are going.

"I'm pretty sure once we have the formal meeting with him he'll obviously give us the full story of why he's resigning especially so soon after the game. He should give us his formal resignation letter in black and white so that we can have a look at it and see what transpired.

"But he did make his intention clear yesterday that he won't working for us, but it is better in black and white and then we can release media statement."

It is rumored that Lusciuto already has a job lined up with a PSL outfit, with whom he will sign a long term contract.

The former Nigeria assistant coach was in charge of 23 matches in all competitions for Leopards, guiding them to 11 wins, six losses and six draws.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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