Black Leopards have bolstered their technical team by adding experienced coach and former mentor Kosta Papic to their ranks, with the Serbian set to serve as the club’s technical manager.
Leopards General Manager Chief Thidiela explained the role of the ‘young’ coaches hired by his side in their technical team. Employing a Mamelodi Sundowns-like coaching style, Thidiela repeatedly stated that Papic will not be the only one making decisions in the first team.
“His immediate responsibility is to help the team survive,” said the Leopards GM.
“He is not the head coach of the side but he is the technical manager and his responsibility stretches throughout the club – after that he needs to attend meetings and take what is said in those meetings he will have with the technical team onto the field,” continued Thidiela.
“He will be responsible for helping with team selection and he will sit on the bench with the young coaches during our games.”
Papic was previously with Hearts of Oak in Ghana for his second stint with the side but it ended on a sour note once again. Papic was sacked three months into his job as the side’s head coach with the club pointing to poor performances for their decision.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach says his unceremonious sacking in Ghana led to his return to South Africa. Papic is confident he can help Leopards survive relegation once again.