Aussems ready for Leopards challenge


Belgian coach Patrick Aussems insists he is up for the challenge of taking over arguably one of the most ‘difficult’ jobs in South African football.

Aussems began his journey at Leopards on Sunday after signing a three-year deal.

Lidoda Duvha are famous for their impatience when it comes to coaches and it was evident this past season as they parted ways with 4 coaches.

But the 55-year-old who has won a League championship with Tanzanian giants Simba SC is confident of staying longer at the Limpopo club.

“I had a lot of advice, I spoke with a lot of people (about the Leopards job), but you know I am a man of a challenge,” Aussems told the media on Sunday.

“I know that some people are saying but this is not (Kaizer) Chiefs, (Orlando) Pirates or (Mamelodi) Sundowns but I love challenges. In life you make choices and see what goes on, but I am really excited to begin to work here and I am sure it will be an exciting season.

“In football you never know what can happen, the most important thing is to believe in what you are doing,” he said.

Aussems is hoping his experience of working in other African countries such as Congo, Tanzania and Cameroon will help him settle in the DStv Premiership.

“I have a lot of experience in Africa because it’s my sixth or seventh country so I know the culture is always different in each country but I know Africa and I love Africa. Everyone wants to win, the fans of each club are dreaming of achieving something.

“Here at Black Leopards is a young team, they lost some key players so we need to rebuild. To work in a more professional way and the target is to try to reach a higher level next season,” added Aussems.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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