OFFICIAL! Third PSL coach fired


Black Leopards have parted ways with Lionel Soccoia following a dismal start to the season.

This website revealed on Monday that Leopards were set to fire Soccoia before the end of this week, which has now been confirmed by the club.

The French coach is the third coach to be fired in less than 24 hours after both Clinton Larsen and Cavin Johnson were shown the back door by AmaZulu and Chippa United respectively.

"The club and the management are currently in a meeting to sort out settlement. The entire technical team is gone," a source close to the club told earlier today.

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Lidoda Duvha boss David Thidiela did not deny that the club had parted ways with Soccoia.

"Please call me after two hours. I am in the meeting with the technical team," he said.

The club has since confirmed Soccoia's exit, as well as assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and team manager Professor Ngubane. Morgan Shivambu and Samuel Banda will take over as caretakers coaches.

"Black Leopards FC would like to confirm that the team parted ways with coach Lionel Soccoia, assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and team manager Professor Ngubane," read a statement.

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"The parties agreed to separate amicably for the sake of the team and supporters.

"Morgan Shivambu and Samuel Banda will be caretakers in the meantime while the board deliberates a way forward."

Soccoia was brought in during the off-season to replace Dylan Kerr, who had Leopards playing a good brand of football last season.

They were big boots to fill, and after an expensive transfer window, the team's league position of 12th after five matches – just two points above the relegation places – appears to have been too much to overlook.

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