Masutha confirms Leopards return talks

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Pretoria Callies head coach Joel Masutha has reacted to the reports that he has been approached by Black Leopards to take over reins for the remainder of the season.

Leopards are languishing bottom of the DStv Premiership with eight matches remaining and are in desperate need to quickly start collecting points.

Masutha was in charge when Lidoda Duvha gained promotion to the elite league during the 2017/18 season.

With Technical Manager Kostadin Papic certainly on his way out of the club just after two months since his return, the former goalkeeper was rumoured to be the favourite to take up the hot seat at the Vhembe side.

Speaking ahead of their Nedbank Cup semifinal against Chippa United on Saturday, Masutha confirmed that there were talks with the Leopards management but insists his heart is now with the GladAfrica side.

“You must know and understand that Black Leopards has been my home for more than 16 years as a player and as a coach so there will always be that strong bond between myself and the club,” Masutha told the media.

“I always wish them luck, I always wish them to do well. Yes, we spoke but they found out that I am with Callies and I have ambitions also to take this team to the DStv Premiership so obviously I can’t be at two places at the same time.

“My heart now is with Callies but at the same time I wish Leopards all the best with their remaining eight games to be able to survive relegation,” he said.

Callies will host Chippa United at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday starting at 15:00.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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