He was touted as the next best coach from Belgium to come to coach in the South African Premier Soccer League after Luc Eymael.
A job as an assistant coach at the Nigerian national team prior to his arrival also raised a lot of expectations for Jean-Francois Losciuto to help then GladAfrica Championship side Black Leopards gain promotion.
But it was not to be for the 47-year-old as he lasted only 12 months but came close to gaining promotion through the relegation/promotion play-offs losing to neighbours Baroka.
Losciuto tells FARPost that a lot of clubs in South Africa were after his services but Lidoda Duvha chairman David Thidiela refused to let him go.
“I spent two unforgettable seasons in your wonderful country. Many PSL clubs wanted to hire me, but my President (David Thidiela) refused to release me (he laughed).”
“I would say I almost succeeded with Black Leopards and that was my best sporting moment in South Africa but after Leopards, I should have stayed quiet and wait before signing for Richards Bay,” said Losciuto.
Losciuto went on to work as an assistant to Luc Eymael at Egyptian club Tala’ea El Gaish after his departure from South Africa.
“Luc Eymael called me after I had returned to Togo (where Loscuito has a house) to see if I was interested in taking up a new challenge with him in Egypt and of course I accepted this new challenge. We stayed one season in Egypt with Luc Eymael and I only have good memories of this passage in the Egyptian league with one of the best seasons that the club has played in many years.”
The Belgian finds himself in the Central African country after he was requested by Equatorial Guinea Football Association Vice-President to help Cano Sport Academy prepare for the CAF Champions League last year.
“As you can guess, I accepted this challenge. So I took care of the team called of young players who are between 16 and 22 years old. We beat Mekele 70, the Champions of Ethiopia and we were eliminated by the great Al-Ahly of Egypt.”
The former Richards Bay mentor decided to stay at Equatorial Guinea and is now in charge of Futuro Kings since October last year.
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