Why I joined Leopards – Seema


Newly appointed Black Leopards assistant coach Lehlohonolo Seema insists he did not have to think twice when he received a call from Chairman David Thidiela to join the club.

Seema was confirmed as assistant to Dylan Kerr on Wednesday, just a few days after partying ways with Chippa United, where he was the head coach.

The 40-year-old has joined Lidoda Duvha on a three-year-deal.

“What convinced me? I didn’t have a job. So if the Chairman said I am giving you a job, then there is no convincing to do,” says Seema.

“It’s always good to be working in football and I am here now at Black Leopards, I am going to be working with Coach Dee (Dylan Kerr) and Mr Morgan (Shivambu) who has been directly been assisting him.

“Working in football is a strange thing, because I thought having just left Chippa I was going to enjoy Christmas with my family but unfortunately it was cut short with the call that I got from the Chairman (David Thidiela) saying he would like me to be part of the technical team.

“Like I always say that I am able to work with anyone. We will be guided by Coach Dee all the way, what I need to do is to support the coach all the way. My work ethic, I believe in myself and whatever he wants me to do I will always support him and work together,” he said.

Seema adds that he does not hold any grudges having left Chippa United a few days after he told the public that he has the management’s full support.

“No, I don’t feel hard done by because in football if the results are not forthcoming, defiantly as a coach you know that something has to change and unfortunately in football the coach has to be the first one to take the bullet.

“But I am not angry at all and I will forever be grateful for that opportunity, but this is football. I wish them all the best but now I am at Black Leopards, all my energy and focus is here at Leopards.

“In football anything is possible, coach ‘Styles’ Phumo, may his soul rest in peace, he would always tell you that as a coach you are fired the day you are hired, so I am happy,” concluded Seema.


By Ofhani Munyai

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