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Sport - Date: 16 November 2018
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 1011
Black Leopards’ head coach, Mr Joel “Muporofita” Masutha, resigned on Monday, a day after the team had lost 1-3 to Cape Town City.
After their return to the Absa Premiership League this season, Leopards have managed to win only two matches. They beat the other two Limpopo-based teams, Polokwane City and Baroka.
They drew their matches against Highlands Park, Chippa United and Free State Stars, but lost to Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Cape Town City.
Masutha joined Black Leopards as head coach in January, when the team was still playing in the National First Division. He then guided the Thohoyandou side to gain promotion to the Absa league after they had won the promotional play-off in July.
The manager of the team, Mr Elijah Mulaudzi, confirmed that they had received the resignation letter. He admitted that they had parted ways with Masutha amicably. He revealed that it was not easy to say goodbye to Masutha. He acknowledged the fact that Masutha is a good coach and that it was not easy to part ways with a man of his calibre.
Mulaudzi stated confidently, however, that they would soon find a good replacement for Masutha. According to Mulaudzi, the current assistant coach, Mr Morgan Shivambu, will take over as caretaker coach until further notice.
Masutha said that after the team's loss in Cape Town, he felt that it was time that he gave way to someone who could come with new ideas. “I did everything within my power,” he said. He admitted that it was not easy for him to arrive at the decision to resign.
"I discussed the matter with the management of the club and wished them good luck in all their remaining matches." He further stated that he did not want to waste the club’s time and money.
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Mr Joel Masutha.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.