Minnaert to take over as Leopards’ caretaker coach after Losciuto's departure

Black Leopards’ coach Jean Francois Losciuto.
Black Leopards’ coach Jean Francois Losciuto.
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Black Leopards’ coach Jean Francois Losciuto has become the second National First Division coach to lose his job this Wednesday‚ a source has revealed.

The source said that Leopards' assistant-coach‚ fellow Belgian Ivan Minnaert‚ who has previously coached AFC Leopards in Congo-Brazzaville‚ will take over as caretaker coach.

Loscuito‚ who guided Leopards to the promotion-relegation playoffs last season‚ joined Mthatha Bucks' Ian Palmer on the unemployment list‚ who mutually agreed to part ways with the Eastern Cape club‚ also on Wednesday.

Former Nigeria assistant-coach Losciuto has received the sack after a string of poor results that see Leopards in 13th place after two wins‚ four draws and four defeats from 10 games in 2017-18.

“I am not sure what went wrong between last season and this season. It’s hard to tell that sort of thing‚” a source close to Leopards said.

“But the coach had already said at the end of last season‚ after guiding the team to the playoffs‚ that he wanted to leave the club.

"So perhaps this season his heart was not in it anyway.”

Losciuto arrived with Leopards in mid-table last season then guided them to the playoffs.

The Limpopo side and fellow NFD club Stellenbosch FC lost out of promotion to the PSL’s 15th-placed team Baroka FC‚ whose results ensured they remained in the top-flight.

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