The Siya crew can exclusively reveal Black Leopards have enlisted the services of former Bay United coach Heric Vladislav to take over from Sunday Chidzambwa!
According to our well-placed sources, it is only a matter of time before Leopards announce the return of their former coach.
“It is a done deal! Sunday doesn’t know yet, but the management has secured the services of Heric and he will be joining them this week,” revealed a source close to Leopards.
Another informant told the crew: “Vladislav met with David Thidiela after their 2-1 Telkom Knockout loss to Orlando Pirates to discuss his move. He spent the weekend in Johannesburg and missed training on Monday morning, which was the same day he was supposed to start his new job at Leopards. Because he was still contracted to African Warriors, he had to go and resign at the club before he could move up to Limpopo.
“He has gone up to the Free State to meet with the club’s management to tender his resignation. Expect them to deny everything at this stage, but it is a fact! If everything works out with his resignation, he will collect all his belongings and drive to Limpopo today,” assured our insider.
The crew duly called Vladislav for comment. “I’m in a meeting, so please give me a call after 20 or 30 minutes,” he said. In the follow-up call, the Serbian coach dismissed the story.
“No, I don’t know where you got your story from, but there’s nothing like that. I don’t know anything about that because I haven’t spoken to anyone from Leopards about it. I’m still contracted to Warriors until the end of the season. Maybe they (Leopards) are thinking about it because I haven’t closed my door on anyone,” said Vladislav.
Asked why he wasn’t at training on Monday, the coach simply told the crew: “I wasn’t at training today, but my assistant (Joel Masutha) was in charge and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
With Vladislav unwilling to disclose any information, the crew got in touch with Warriors’ chairman Jabu Khumalo.
“You must remember that we were playing in Limpopo (against Bay United) this past weekend. After the game he (Heric) indicated to me that he needed to visit an embassy in Pretoria to sort out the issue of the surname in his passport. He asked to remain behind because apparently he also wanted to go to church in Johannesburg.
“He called me on Monday (October 24) requesting that we should have a meeting. I became suspicious because he wanted the meeting urgently. He knows that we always meet every week so I knew that there was something going on when he asked that we should meet immediately.
“It was during the meeting where it emerged that there wasn’t a problem with the passport. It was obvious that he had an appointment with Black Leopards. He told me that they offered him a position as head coach. He asked me to release him because he could not refuse their offer.
“I could not stand in his way because at the end of the day we cannot compete with a Premier Soccer League club,” revealed Khumalo.