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High aims for new Leopards’ coach

Sport - Date: 17 June 2005

Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 749


THOHOYANDOU – The new Black Leopards coach, Mr Jean Yves Kerjean, is a man of visions and high aims. Shortly after his arrival in Thohoyandou, Kerjean mentioned that he is here to build Black Leopards into a formidable side.

The Frenchman assured the team supporters that they will see a brand new Black Leopards the new season. The former Orlando Pirates coach says finishing within the top eight bracket next season is his first priority. He revealed that while fighting to finish their league programme among the top 8 teams, they will at the same time contest for the silverware that will be at stake.

“If we win the league next season, that will be superb, but I have set myself a target of winning the league championship during my second season with Black Leopards, “ he said.

Kerjean who guided Orlando Pirates five years ago, says his second coming to South Africa is a real blessing. According to him, he is still eager to show the South African soccer lovers that football is his daily bread. He said that Orlando Pirates did not give him enough chance to prove himself, as he stayed with them for one season only.

Kerjean who is bringing in his own assistant, says the two months of pre-season training they have arranged, will play a major role in the reconstruction of the team.

According to the team’s managing director, Mr David Thidiela, part of the pre-season training will be in Swaziland. Kerjean’s assistant, Bertrand Lamoureux will also coach the goalkeepers.

In the meantime, Mr Thidiela has also confirmed that the former deputy president of the Limpopo East Region, Mr Victor Ravhuanzwo, has been appointed the new deputy chairman of the club. Mr Kenneth Makhanya has been offered the post of the Chief Executive Officer of Black Leopards.


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Frank Mavhungu

Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990.  He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.


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