Coach quit Leopards and cite TTM return

Johnny Ferreira has thrown in the towel as Black Leopards coach after two months.Photo by BackpagePix
Johnny Ferreira has thrown in the towel as Black Leopards coach after two months.Photo by BackpagePix

JOHNNY Ferreira has resigned as coach of struggling Motsepe Foundation Championship side Black Leopards with immediate effect – two months after being in charge of only four matches!

The 65-year-old coach confirmed to SunSport that he sent his resignation letter to Lidoda Duvha chairman David Thidiela on Tuesday night, and has already left Venda and returned home in Joburg.

The veteran coach joined Leopards in November, replacing Zimbabwean-born mentor Rodwell Dhlakama. In three league matches under Ferreira, Leopards drew two and lost the other one.

They have also been knocked out of the Nedbank Cup preliminary round, losing 1-0 to their Limpopo rivals Polokwane City. Leopards are currently bottom of the log with 12 points from 15 league matches.

“I am no longer with Leopards,” said Ferreira.

“I don’t want to talk much, but all I can say is that I don’t have a team now. If you need more information, you can talk to Leopards. I am home now just relaxing and I wish them (Leopards) all the best.”

Asked if he has received any offers, Ferreira said: “Long time ago. But nothing has been finalised yet. But I am hoping it will be soon.”

A source told SunSport that Ferreira is set to return to Leopards Venda rivals Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM). TTM are without a coach after suspending their mentor Lucky Nelukau on Sunday, after he was arrested last week Friday on charges of assault, kidnapping and pointing a fire-arm at 21-year-old Bono Lovers Mudau.

Nelukau is in jail and is expected to appear again in the Vuwani Magistrates Court tomorrow for his bail application.

“I cannot say much, but there is a high possibility that I might rejoin TTM,” said Ferreira.

“But let’s wait and see what will happen before the end of this week.”

Vhadau Vhadamani face rivals Venda Football Academy in their next league game at Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow (3.30pm).

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