Insider: Why 'coward' Soccoia was fired


A source within the Black Leopards camp has revealed the real reasons why Lionel Soccoia was sacked.

The Frenchman's short tenure has ended after the club confirmed his departure along with assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and team manager Professor Ngubane.

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Lidoda Duvha players also reportedly did not approve of Soccoia's methods of coaching.

"They are gone. They came to training this morning and they were called to the office," the source tells

"I don't know how to put it but there was no understanding between him and the likes of Mabedi, etcetera. He didn't want to take their advice, he ignored them. But he brought all this on himself because he arrived here and wanted to change everything you see.

"He didn't follow or study Black Leopards before coming, you get me? When Dylan Kerr got here, already he knew who was who. He studied what type of football the team was playing, but this one was making us run, run and not play football. No, no, it doesn't work like that."

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According to the source, second assistant coach Morgan Tshivhambu will be in charge of training the team from Wednesday.

"Coach Morgan and goalkeeper coach [Sam] Banda, they are the only ones remaining, they will be in charge against Stellenbosch," the source reveals.

"This Soccoia guy dug his own grave by not listening. He is stubborn that guy, very big-headed. He doesn't take advice, his training sessions are like the ones from the military. He is too physical, you get me? He likes physical sessions. He will make you run the whole day but when it comes to playing the ball, no. Shame.

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"He is right for the teams that like to use physicality like in places like Cote d'Ivoire in Africa, not for us, we play football here in Mzansi. Overall I think his departure is best for the club. For me, we were never going to win anything with him. I mean how can you defend against Baroka while we are playing at home? Putting two defensive midfielders... he is a coward man."

Contacted to comment on his sacking, Soccoia pretended as if everything was normal at the club.

"You will have to talk with the team or the club, I have so much work in the team, no problem... but I don't want to talk with a journalist. I was just with the chairman and he said there is no problem here, ok my friend, thank you very much."

Currently placed 12th on the Absa Premiership table, the Limpopo side has won just one game in five matches despite having signed a number of high-profile players like Thuso Phala, Cuthbert Malajila, Thabo Matlaba and Mokgakolodi Ngele. 

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