Benson Mhlongo returns to coaching

GladAfrica Championship

Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Benson Mhlongo has returned to coaching with GladAfrica Championship side Black Leopards.

Mhlongo enjoyed a decorated career in the PSL that spanned nearly two decades, with his most notable spells being with Sundowns and Pirates in the South African top-flight.

The 40-year-old also racked up close to 40 caps for Bafana Bafana and represented the country at two Africa Cup of Nation's tournaments and the 2009 FIFA Confederation Cup before venturing into coaching.

Having started his career in the dugout as an assistant at the Buccaneers, Mhlongo worked under Augusto Palacios, Kjell Jonevret and Milutin Sredojević before his first head coach role in the second-tier with TS Sporting.

But now after two years since his first foray as a senior head coach, Leopards have roped him in alongside former Sundowns scout and Royal AM boss Floyd Mogale in a bid to salvage their season.

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As reported by on Wednesday, Mogale assumed his first training session with Lidho Duvha and the club has since confirmed his official appointment alongside Mhlongo to succeed Morgan Shivhambu and Mongezi Bobe.

"Even though we feel we are still within a great chance to fight for promotion, we realised that we were lacking in the technical department," Tshifiwa "Chief" Thidiela said. "Floyd and Benson will add great value to the team.

Leopards are currently languishing in 14th place in the South African second tier with just one victory from their opening seven games and six points off league leaders Hungry Lions.

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