Leopards address coach exit rumours


Black Leopards have responded to reports that Lionel Soccoia has parted ways with the club after two matches.

Rumours surfaced over the weekend that Soccoia could be on his way out of the club after missing the 1-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The French coach is currently serving a two-match ban after remonstrating with the referee during their previous match against Polokwane City, which they also lost by a single goal.

KickOff.com has now been informed that Soccoia is struggling to deal with issues regarding a lack of unity amongst the players.

"Leopards have been dealing with a lack of unity amongst the players, there's been complains about treatment and inequality," a source reveals.

"Old players in the team have been complaining that some of the new players are getting paid a lot of money and the treatment is different."

Lidoda Duhva spokeperson Berry Ramunenyiwa says there are people who are trying to destabilise the team and denies that the coach has resigned.

"I just called the coach and he's currently busy with training, there are people who are trying to destabilise the team, and in terms of players they are working very well together and the coach," he says. "We don't have any issue in the camp, no one resigned."

Club boss David Thidiela also denies the story.

"Someone might be coming with his own stories. I hired the coach and I should be the first person to know if is leaving," Thidiela adds.

"The coach is currently serving a two-match suspension from the PSL and hence was not part of the team that played against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend."

Thidiela also revealed that he is still waiting for offers for striker Mwape Musonda, who also missed the Chiefs match. Leopards are yet to collect their first points this season. 

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