Mogale promises to take Leopards back to top flight

Royal AM rescue act serves as inspiration for coach

Neville Khoza Journalist
Floyd Mogale has been appointed head coach of Black Leopards.
Floyd Mogale has been appointed head coach of Black Leopards.
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New Black Leopards coach Floyd Mogale has vowed to guide the club back to the DStv Premiership in his first season in charge.

Mogale was roped in to try rescue the struggling side on Wednesday, and he believes he is the right coach to take them back to the Premiership.

Lidoda Duvha, who are third from the bottom of the GladAfrica Championship standings with seven points from seven matches, having registered a single win, were relegated from the Premiership last season.

“Look, Black Leopards are a good team and a big brand and the chairman [David Thidiela] has been in this game for too long and they are not where they deserve to be,” Mogale told the media.

“GladAfrica Championship is not for them. I think they are supposed to be in the Premiership. You could see these boys are demotivated and we need to pump them up.

“We need to motivate them. We need to bring the players up and make them believe that they can make it. They are seven points behind the log leaders, so it is nothing.

“This is a race. If they get motivated now, we train well and do our regeneration properly, I think the sky is the limit. We will get there.”

Mogale will be assisted by Benson Mhlongo and Mongezi Bobe, and is drawing inspiration from when he took Royal AM from 14th place to second in the second tier last campaign before he was fired.

He now plans to do the same with Lidoda Duvha, who are in the same place on the log table as Royal were last year.

“The mandate is to get this team to the Premiership. It is achievable if we work together with the players. Everybody works together and we will get it right,” he said.

“I got this with Royal AM. We did that. I got that club from position 14 and when I left they were position two on the log standings.

“So, it’s achievable. The players must have the right mentality – the willingness of the players – if they want to do it. There are quite a few experienced players here that I think, working together, we will achieve our objective for this club.”

Mogale’s first assignment will be against JDR Stars at home next week Saturday at 3.30pm, where he will be eyeing the perfect start.

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