Another PSL coach bites the dust as Leopards axe Soccoia

THOHOYANDOU, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 15: Lionel Soccoia coach of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership match between Black Leopards and Baroka FC at Thohoyandou Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Thohoyandou, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Black Leopards have fired coach Lionel Soccoia and his technical team including team manager Professor Ngubane.

Leopards have lost three of the opening five games in the league under the mentorship of the French coach with the latest defeat coming last weekend at the hands of Baroka FC.

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

“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 wayforward.”

Soccoia becomes the third coach in two days to be fired by an Absa Premiership club after Clinton Larsen and Cavin Johnson were axed by Chippa United and AmaZulu on Monday respectively.

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