Eguavoen quits Black Leopards

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The former Super Eagles coach, who signed a three-month deal with Lidoda Duvha with the specific mandate to save the club that is propping up the Absa Premiership from relegation, says there is not enough time to accomplish his mission.

Confirming the Nigerian’s departure, Black Leopards’ brand manager Chief Thidiela said Eguavoen decided to step down after indicating to management that the players were not of a sufficient standard, blaming those tasked with bringing new recruits into the club, and that they lacked physical fitness. He also said there was not enough time for them to learn his tactics.

He did, however, indicate he would be willing to return if Leopards survived relegation and he could have a full pre-season to work with the squad.

The Limpopo-based side were hammered 3-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns in the only League match that Eguavoen was on the bench, but they did also defeat Inspection FC 3-0 in the Nedbank Cup.

“We have accepted his resignation, but there is great possibility that he could return to the team in June,” Thidiela says.

Thidiela adds that goalkeeper coach Joel Masutha will take over coaching reigns until a replacement can be found.

There have been reports in Limpopo that former Namibian national team coach Sheppard Morape could be brought in, but Thidiela shoots down this talk as merely “rumours without foundation”.