Sello Rabothata and Ramatsiyi Moholoa
Nigerian Augustine Eguavoen yesterday dropped a bombshell by quitting his job as head coach at Black Leopards.
It comes hardly two weeks after chairman David Thidiela sent an SOS to the former Super Eagles coach to help his team escape the dreaded axe.
This was after Leopards had parted ways with Boebie Solomons, who has since joined neighbours Winnerspark in the First Division.
The Premiership tail-enders are now in talks with much-travelled Zimbabwean Shepherd Murape to save the struggling Limpopo outfit from relegation.
Thidiela yesterday confirmed that the Nigerian coach tendered his resignation, saying he could not see himself saving Lidoda Duvha from relegation.
"I like Eguavoen because in his letter, he stated categorically that he wondered what the previous coaches at the team were doing because with the state the team is in, he won't be able to save it from the axe," Thidiela who is notorious for firing coaches.
Sources close to Eguavoen strongly denied reports that he was not happy with his accommodation, fitness of the players and allegations of interference in his duties.
Out of the two games played by Leopards with Eguavoen at the helm of the technical staff, they have won one and lost the other fixtures.
They were defeated 3-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns in the league at home but beat amateur side Inspection by the same margin in the Nedbank Cup.
Leopards host Matatiele Professionals, coached by former Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs great Johannes "Chippa" Molatedi, in Ke Yona on Saturday.
Murape is back in South Africa after spending almost three years in neighbouring Namibia where he was also employed as a coach.
l SuperSport United midfielder Philani Khwela has signed a three-year deal with Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Khwela is a former Majimbos and Amajita player.