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Official: Leopards Confirm New Coach

Motsepe Foundation Championship outfit Black Leopards have confirmed the appointment of Ghanaian coach Maxwell Konadu on a three-year deal.

Konadu, 51, who joins from Nsoatreman FC in his native Ghana, has already been set a mandate by Lidoda Duvha management, which is to gain promotion back to the DStv Premiership.

Leopards were relegated from topflight football in 2020/21 when their fate was sealed on the last day of the season after narrowly going down 2-1 to Cape Town City.

Leopards chairman Tshifhiwa Thidiela revealed that they had already reached a deal with the Kumasi-born coach ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. He replaces Spanish-born coach Alejandro Dorado.

“Ja, it’s true we can confirm that we’ve reached an agreement with one Maxwell Konado,” Thidiela told reporters.

“He’s a Ghana national. I think he was also playing for the Ghanaian national team.

“He was coaching currently in Ghana Premier League. He just recently completed the Ghana FA Cup there. MTN FA Cup. He won it.

“The team he was with finish fourth. He’s 51 years old, and he’ll be here for, to reach an agreement for him to be here for three seasons.”

Thidiela added that they would be very supportive of their new coach, who worked as assistant of Avram Grant at Asante Kotoko and also twice as Ghana assistant, in order to achieve their mandate mission.

“We are confident that he will be able to do well. And it’s unfortunate or fortunate, the league that we’re playing in, that we only playing for one thing, one thing only which is for promotion.

“So that’s what the mandate is going to be, and that’s what we are all gunning for.

“I think if you look at his CV it speaks volume. Obviously because we want to achieve, we want to then get the best that we possibly can that can fit properly.

“Not only looking at… You know sometimes we look at just qualifications, but you know you need to have an overall or better eyeview so that you see if this person can fit in the Black Leopards puzzle, and if this man can be able to fit perfectly for us to achieve our objectives.”

In closing, Thidiela also revealed that the coach will be given the freedom to bring two staff members along, while the rest of the technical personnel will already be at the club upon his arrival.

“We going to have Solly Luvhengo is going to be his assistant. We’ve got Thendayo who’s going to be the goalkeeper coach. We also have Ndlovu who’s the physical trainer. That’s going to be the people who will comprise of his technical team.

“I think the only other appointment that we need to finalize is that of the physio and analyst.

“The rest, he is going to find the people that are here.”

Konado boasts an impressive CV having taken charge of Ghana’s U20 and U23’s, as well as serving as Black Stars Assistant Coach between 2021-2022.

He has also completed both the CAF Coaching Licence A and B.

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