Black Leopards technical manager Kostadin Papic says he is back at the club to finish what he had started.
Papic was unveiled by Lidoda Duvha on Thursday on a two-year deal.
The Serbian mentor was in charge of the Limpopo-based side when they fell short of gaining promotion back into the Premiership seven years ago.
He will lead the technical team that comprises Lehlohonolo Seema, Morgan Shivambu, Mongezi Bobe and Sam Banda.
“That (past relationship with the club) has actually made me finalise the comeback to finish what we started in a proper way,” Papic told FARPost.
“Because we started something but we concentrated on the promotion play-offs. Unfortunately, that first time when I was at Leopards it didn’t happen. Now we are in the PSL, so let’s save the club from relegation and start to do what we discussed,” he said.
The 60-year-old adds that he won’t necessarily change his carpet football mentality because of the current club’s log position.
“I don’t think so because football is football. It is too early to talk about that when you have not seen the players. I am going to see them in the coming two weeks and we will see what kind of results we are going to get and after that, I will be able to know what is better. But it is too early to talk about that,” said Papic.
The former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs coach is unlikely to sit on the bench when Leopards take on rivals Baroka in the Limpopo derby on Saturday, as he awaits his work permit.
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By Ofhani Munyai