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Black Leopards appoint former Kaizer Chiefs captain Patrick Mabedi as Lionel Soccoia's assistant

20:11 IST 19/06/2019
Patrick Mabedi of Kaizer Chiefs
The Thohoyandou-based side has bolstered their technical team with the acquisition of Soccoia as head coach and Mabedi as his first assistant

Black Leopards have announced their new technical team for the upcoming season following the resignation of Dylan Kerr at the end of last term. 

Kerr tendered his resignation soon after the completion of last season despite helping Lidoda Duvha survive relegation. 

He cited a lack of support from the Leopards management as his main reason for ending a relationship which was meant to last for the next four years. 

Leopards have now moved swiftly to get their house in order as preparations for the new seasons are set to get underway. 

They took to their social media platforms to confirm they have roped in former Kaizer Chiefs captain and assistant coach Patrick Mabedi to assist newly appointed head coach Leonel Soccoa.

Mabedi will work hand-in-hand with Soccoia's second assistant Morgan Shivhambu in trying to steer the Leopards ship in the right direction.  

Mabedi parted ways with Amakhosi in 2018 following the sacking of coach Giovanni Solinas after 21 games in charge. 

Soccoia is unknown to the majority of South African football fans, but he previously worked for Cameroonian side Coton Sport before coaching FC Mounana of Gabon. 

Not so long ago, the French coach helped Mounana reach the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup. 

But before signing for Mounana, Soccoia coached Ivorian club AFAD Djékanou.  

Meanwhile, Mlungisi Ngubane has been appointed as the club's new team manager. 

The 63-year-old respected legend previously coached Leopards, Umtata Bush Bucks and Maritzburg United among other South African teams.