South African premiership club Black Leopards have said coach Sunday Chidzambwa resigned on Saturday following his team’s loss to Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout Cup.
This is confirmed by a club statement released yesterday which rebuffed claims the coach had been fired, but said he had been redeployed elsewhere within the team.
Following the resignation, Leopards have appointed Heric Vladislav as their new coach as reported yesterday.
Leopards were ousted by Orlando Pirates from the Telkom Knockout and there are second from the bottom of the league table with six points from eight matches. The club said Chidzambwa resigned after admitting he had run out of ideas.
“We have officially recalled former Black Leopards coach, Heric to be the head coach of the team. Coach Sunday, however, has not been fired and will be redeployed within the team structures, having handed in his resignation after the loss to Pirates citing he had run out of ideas and had achieved his mandate of promoting the club to the elite league.” Leopards said.
The Zimbabwean-born mentor seemed to have made up his mind as even efforts by the club chairman David Thidiela to convince him to stay at the helm of the Limpopo-based outfit failed.
“His request to leave was denied and the chairman persuaded him to stay.
“The chairman based his decision on the back of what coach Sunday had achieved with the club in a short space of time, his football knowledge will come in handy throughout this season especially going into Africa where he is vastly experienced,” the club said.