Tapera, Black Leop­ards part ways

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Mud­erere Sports Reporter

FOR­MER Zim­babwe Un­der-20 na­tional soccer team coach Jairos Tapera has parted ways with South African Na­tional First Di­vi­sion side Black Leop­ards fol­low­ing a string of poor re­sults.

In an in­ter­view from Swazi­land, Tapera’s man­ager Din­gane Maduna said the Zim­bab­wean had left am­i­ca­bly ahead of their league game against Witbank Spurs on Satur­day.

“Jairos’ last day in of­fice at Black Leop­ards was on Mon­day. The two par­ties am­i­ca­bly came to the de­ci­sion. As a good coach, Tapera saw that the re­sults were not com­ing and the play­ers were not re­spond­ing and he de­cided to step aside.

“We have dis­cussed his pay­out and he will get it,” said Maduna.

Tapera called it quits af­ter his side sur­ren­dered a 2-0 lead to lose 2-3 to Stel­len­bosch with 20 min­utes to go. Black Leop­ards con­ceded two goals in the fi­nal eight min­utes.

Leop­ards are eighth on the league table with 12 points from nine games.

Asked where Tapera was headed, Maduna said: “Noth­ing con­crete has come out with re­gards t o of­fers. We are wait­ing for real of­fers.” He said he was sat­is­fied with the way Tapera had guided Leop­ards in the matches he had been in charge. Tapera be­came the fourth South African Na­tional First Di­vi­sion coach to va­cate his po­si­tion in the 2016/17 sea­son so far. Mean­while, AmaZulu have backed their coach Joey An­tipas de­spite re­ports sug­gest­ing that he was about to be sacked. A state­ment by the club’s gen­eral man­ager Lunga Sokhela read: “We’re com­pletely dumb­founded by the claim and we would like to put on record that the di­rec­tors of AmaZulu, man­age­ment and play­ers are com­pletely be­hind coach Joey An­tipas. “The mood is very good at the club and we’re all fully com­mit­ted to our ef­fort as a club to fight for pro­mo­tion un­der coach Joey An­tipas.” — @ FungieMud­erere.

Jairos Tapera

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